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Gryder addresses Clark’s letter to the editor regarding the closure of the animal adoption center

Dear Editor,
First, the adoption center closed due to the lack of volunteers to keep the facility up to State standards.  The facility was a State licensed and inspected facility.  These inspections were done bi-annually by the State Board of Veterinary Medical examiners.  The facility always passed with high marks.  It takes more than one or two volunteers to maintain these high standards, and they must be there 365 days a year to feed and clean.  The volunteer force we had dwindled to a very dedicated but ageing group of  people.  The decision to close was the most difficult the Humane Society has had to make, but we would not drop our standards and put such a load on our volunteers.  The closed facility still had to be maintained and kept in good condition.  The maintenance on that building and property was draining the Humane Society’s funds at the rate of approximately $7500 per year.  A large portion of which was insurance.
Now to answer Ms. Clark’s questions.
The Humane Society has never offered the property to any entity for $100,000!  The property was offered to Johnson County, for an animal control facility at a purchase price of $150,000.  An optional offer was made to the county to lease the property for $6000 per year for two years with an option to lease for an additional two years or purchase the property.  The money paid in lease to be deducted from the $150,000 asking price upon agreement to purchase.  The county has declined these offers.
A rescue group in the county did offer us $100,000 for the property, if we could wait until the funds were raised.  A sale for that amount has never been approved by the Humane Society board of directors.
The funding for building the facility came primarily from fund raisers conducted by the Humane Society, donations from private individuals and materials from various businesses.  Inmates from the prison complex here provided the labor for the construction in the county and members of the Humane Society.  No money was ever received from any government agency.  No guarantee was ever made that the facility would remain in operation.
The property has been sold to a private party who intends to convert it into a residence.
The proceeds from this sale will go to helping qualified residents of Johnson County thru our programs such as spay/neuter, food assistance, micro chipping and animal education.
If anyone has any questions on this matter, attend one of our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Hall on North Church St. at 4pm, unless otherwise announced, or call our information line at 727-9286.

Al Gryder, President
JCHSI