Minnesota Valley Humane Society disbands
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2010:
BURNSVILLE–The Minnesota Valley Humane Society, founded in
1981, is to close and disband at the end of 2010, board chair Cathy
McCoy announced in a December 2, 2010 news release. The society
claimed 450 volunteers and to have rehomed more than 50,000 animals,
including 1,927 in 2009.
Despite raising more than $1 million in 2008, the Minnesota
Valley Humane Society lost nearly $200,000. In 2009, reported the
Minneapolis Star Tribune, “The society sold its Burnsville building,
which it said was too small,” and agreed to pay $925,000 for a new
location in Eagan, planning to spend $1 million more on renovations.
Instead, rising costs and falling income caused the society
to quit doing animal sterilizations in October 2009, and to close to
the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Remaining funds will be “used to settle the organization’s
remaining financial obligations and assist with contingency plans for
employees and transitions for shelter animals,” said McCoy.