2018 Annual Report

 

A year in review from the Board President and Executive Director

This past year has been one of many accomplishments and challenges.

As we completed our first full year in our beautiful new facility, we found that our animal intake numbers increased by nearly 30%.  Our dedicated staff, volunteers, board and executive director were instrumental in assisting over 3,000 families with the more than 6,000 animals that came through our doors.  These numbers are daunting and challenges us to continue to reevaluate our processes and staffing needs.

We said goodbye to our incredible director of 10 years, Anne Reel, and welcomed our new executive director, Rob LaRoy.  Rob brings his extensive non-profit management experience to our organization as well as his positive attitude and care for animals.  As his transition into this position goes forward, he continues to make great strides in introducing himself to our community and spreading the message of the shelter.

We also introduced a new fundraiser called “Best in Show”.  This event was extremely successful and resulted in our ability to double what was raised during the previous year’s event.  This fundraiser will continue to be our signature event and we look forward to its continued growth and success in years to come.

The mission for the organization remains steadfast in “promoting respect and responsibility for all animals and to the prevention of suffering and neglect through education, public service and adoption.”  It’s a huge responsibility.  We ask for your voice, your time, your talent, your treasures and your passion to support us now and in the future as we continue to meet the challenges that lie ahead and to be the “voice for the voiceless”.

This past year has been one of many accomplishments and challenges.

As we completed our first full year in our beautiful new facility, we found that our animal intake numbers increased by nearly 30%.  Our dedicated staff, volunteers, board and executive director were instrumental in assisting over 3,000 families with the more than 6,000 animals that came through our doors.  These numbers are daunting and challenges us to continue to reevaluate our processes and staffing needs.

We said goodbye to our incredible director of 10 years, Anne Reel, and welcomed our new executive director, Rob LaRoy.  Rob brings his extensive non-profit management experience to our organization as well as his positive attitude and care for animals.  As his transition into this position goes forward, he continues to make great strides in introducing himself to our community and spreading the message of the shelter.

We also introduced a new fundraiser called “Best in Show”.  This event was extremely successful and resulted in our ability to double what was raised during the previous year’s event.  This fundraiser will continue to be our signature event and we look forward to its continued growth and success in years to come.

The mission for the organization remains steadfast in “promoting respect and responsibility for all animals and to the prevention of suffering and neglect through education, public service and adoption.”  It’s a huge responsibility.  We ask for your voice, your time, your talent, your treasures and your passion to support us now and in the future as we continue to meet the challenges that lie ahead and to be the “voice for the voiceless”.

Thank you for your support,

Lana Davis
President, Board of Directors

 

I’m excited and honored to be joining the Humane Society of Elkhart County as your new executive director.  I also want to thank Anne Reel, our staff, volunteers and all our board members for putting their trust in me and making me feel so welcome.  Anne has built an incredible foundation for our organization and I am pleased to be following in her footsteps.  She has left some big shoes to fill, but with your input, participation and support we will continue to see our services grow.  As we focus on our goals for the future throughout 2019 I’m encouraged by the support our organization has in the community.  Thank you!

Robert LaRoy
Executive Director