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Nonprofit Profile , North County Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals



ORGANIZATION

Mission of organization: NCHS is a nonprofit organization that provides support and compassionate care for animals and their owners.

Telephone: (760) 757-4357.

Web site: www.nchumane.org.

Founded: 1938.

Milestone: Building a medical room and upgrading the cattery for homeless cats.

Annual income: $1.9 million.

Expense allocation: 63.76 percent, operations; 12.17 percent, development; 24.07 percent, administration.

Corporate support: 5 percent of donations.

Corporate supporters: Petco Foundation, Petsmart Charities, Ralph’s Grocery Company, Regency Contracting, Miramar Kitchen and Bath.

Board chairwoman: Julie Moran.

Board members: Mike Arms, Pamela Hower, Connie Hoban (secretary), Conrad Herring and Renee Simmons (treasurer).

Employees: 34.

Volunteers: More than 100.

Event: First Annual Paws to Celebrate fund-raiser to be held June 30 at Camp Pendleton.

Wish list: Animal supplies, new computer equipment, money to help with medical care for homeless pets and new facility.


OFFICE ISSUES

Recent challenge: Increase of animals turned over to shelter due to military deployments.

Measures of success: Decrease in animals turned over to shelter and increases in pet adoptions.

Smartest move: Building a team of individuals who come with experience, energy and commitment to the cause.

Missed opportunity: Not having enough specialized volunteers to foster orphaned and abused animals that come to the shelter.

Misconception: That animals in shelters are problem pets; they usually get caught up in a breakdown of a family unit. Often they are great pets that are trained, who will be devoted companions with lots of fun and love.


PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS

Personal path to nonprofit work: I started as a volunteer, and ultimately devoted myself full time to animal welfare. I was with a national agency in New York for 10 years and a government animal control program in Phoenix for eight years.

Toughest aspect: Our facility is antiquated, which makes it difficult to provide animals with all they need. Our goal is to start a capital campaign to build a new shelter.

Most surprising aspect: How many people come to the animal shelter just because it makes them feel good. People have come here on dates, during their lunch break and with their families to teach children about helping those less fortunate.

Biggest pain: Not having enough adoptable homes.

Greatest pleasure: Watching an animal leave with its new family; lots of smiles and wagging tails.


INTROSPECTIONS

Best recent moment: Moving to California and learning about the new community I call home.

Worst recent moment: Getting lost on the highway and ending up in Mexico with a shelter dog after a television appearance.

Dream for another life: A world without homelessness , people or pets.

Greatest inspiration: My stepmother. She showed me how to live in harmony with the four-legged residents that share our world.

Downtime: What’s that?

Causes: I am interested in the prevention of cruelty and homelessness. There is a strong connection between animal, child, elder and domestic abuse and homeless issues.

Most like to meet: Ghandi.

, Stacey Bengtson

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