The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 1, 2014

Humane society must work to balance wants with needs

It is no secret the Clinton Humane Society has traveled some bumpy roads over the years while on the path of caring for strays and homeless animals.

While in the business of healing and helping to find homes, the local humane society has at times carried out that mission while its leadership was in turmoil.

It appears the dust has settled during the past year and a half, with new leadership in charge, fundraisers bringing in revenue, and a hard-to-reach agreement in place with the city to provide services during a three-year time frame.

We also are happy with the openness exhibited by the new leadership, which attended a recent Clinton Herald Editorial Board meeting to discuss the happenings at the facility in recent months.

Included in that discussion was the recent donation of a heating and cooling system; the former system had stopped working, leading the society to put out a call for financial assistance from the public.

That led to area heating and cooling businesses taking a look at the system to see how they could help. From what we understand, some local business owners said they could help fix what was broken.

A donation of an entirely new unit by Schebler’s in Bettendorf saved the day for the facility; but it also led to some outcries from local residents who wondered why a business from here didn’t make the donation. As it turns out, the cost could be very difficult for a smaller businesses to handle, which is causing us to stand up for those smaller firms who were willing to help; it is not fair for them to be getting a black eye for living within their financial boundaries.

It also brings us to wonder if the humane society has planned for large capital purchases, which let’s face it, are a part of doing business.

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