Corinth, Alcorn County set to OK shelter budgets

CORINTH – Operations are smoothing out for the Corinth/Alcorn County Humane Society, a spokesman said, with financial help from the city and county to see the organization through fiscal year-end Sept. 30.
During Thursday’s budget work session the city board also agreed to a budget increase for the shelter to its requested amount of $75,000 for FY 2010. The county earlier approved a FY 2010 budget of $25,000 for the shelter.
“We got the emergency funding we needed to get us over the hump,” said board member John Mercier. “We’re trying to make sure to get things in order to live within the constraints of our budget. We’ve had to cut back staff hours a bit, but everything is going well right now.”
The budget increase from the city does not come without strings attached. City attorney Bill Odom will develop a contract between the city and the animal shelter with specific terms the city expects the shelter to meet, and shelter operations will be reviewed after three months to determine if operations are moving along as expected.
“We’re grateful for whatever funding the city can give us to continue to assist with animal control,” Mercier said. “We have good relationships with the city and county and appreciate all they do for us.”
In July, humane society officials asked the city and the county to jointly provide $50,000 to sustain it through the fiscal year. The nonprofit organization is funded by both governments, and handles all of Corinth’s stray animals.
The shelter has gone through several leadership changes since its longtime director resigned last summer, but Mercier said things appear to be on a stable footing now.
“We have a working arrangement with local vets who are very supportive of the shelter,” Mercier said. “They’re providing us with spay and neuter services, while an out-of-town vet continues to perform the euthanizations for us. We’re also looking forward to renewed assistance from Mississippi State University, which provides free spay and neuter services.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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