Several board members and the executive director have resigned from Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. The past year has been filled with change for KCHA. Many new volunteers became interested in shelter operations and issues. An independent rescue group Dog Bless became involved in foster and rescue of animals at KCHA. This has resulted in many differences of opinions among board members.
Many new board members elected this year are sympathetic to Dog Bless's mission to create a "no-kill" environment at KCHA. Philosophical differences exist among experienced board members and the newly elected members.
Activities that have increased at the shelter include increased treatment of sick or injured pets, sending adoptable dogs to out of state rescue groups, and local fostering of adoptable pets. Social media campaigns have been useful in raising awareness for donations, fostering, and volunteer opportunities.
The shelter is currently experiencing a serious crowding issue. There are over 100 dogs and 50-100 kittens at the shelter right now. The shelter is asking for anyone able to foster a pet to please step forward and help. In order to help with the crowding problem adoption fees have been reduced. Dogs will now be $50.00 for female dogs and $40.00 for male dogs. All cats will be $40.00 adoption fee. Volunteers are also needed to help care for the animals at the shelter.
The shelter plans to upgrade technology, upgrade areas of the shelter, and hire a consultant to improve the operations at the shelter.