Humane Society will still succeed

Letters to the Editor
Published July 2, 2006

Re: Humane Society changes cause stir.

The Humane Society of Pinellas has been and will continue to be an advocate for all sick and homeless animals. All major organizations experience transition when the management structure changes. It is no different with a nonprofit business like the HSP.

The new organization will succeed with the continued support and generosity of the public, as it has in the past, and the animals will be the beneficiaries. Most volunteers and employees will continue to follow the philosophy that (former executive director) Rick Chaboudy created for the shelter: that the animals' care is what is most important.

Changes will continue to occur, but I am sure they will be changes for the better and that the overall care of the animals will continue to improve.

Lynn Harmon, Safety Harbor


Humane Society coverage didn't tell the whole story

Your June 23 article Humane Society changes cause stir gives a distorted impression of the quality of care provided the animals at the Humane Society of Pinellas, largely based on the biased view of a few disgruntled former and current employees and volunteers.

I am a four-year volunteer, and for the past two years have worked in the admissions medical building where recent changes have been positive. The animal technicians have a policies-and-procedures manual expertly compiled by our head veterinarian. New air-filtering machines are now in every cat area. New and improved cleaning procedures in the dog kennels have been introduced. We now have computers to accurately account for our animals. And this is only the beginning of making the shelter a better place.

The No. 1 priority for Bill Mazurek and everyone associated with the Humane Society of Pinellas is the love and care of the animals. It is mystifying that prudent business practice somehow equates with a diminution in our love and compassion.

Perhaps it's time for these people living in the past to move on. It is unfortunate your reporter relied so much on tainted and faulty information.

Janet Lee, Palm Harbor