The executive director of the Humane Society Calumet Area is moving her office out of the main animal shelter. The rationale is that she cannot concentrate in the "distracting" shelter environment.
A new executive office will be housed in a building with a larger PAWS, the resale shop that helps fund the shelter.
The new facility has to be completely renovated. The late benefactor of HSCA designated funds for capital improvements, but elegant, remotely located executive offices hardly qualify as capital improvements. The PAWS shop has done well in its current location for 10 years.
Challenges to the move are dismissed, and escalating opposition has resulted in the resignation of several long-term staff, board members and volunteers. With many shelters barely covering expenses, the extravagant spending borders on the obscene.
Perhaps it is time to scrutinize the actions of the director and stop the hemorrhaging of donated funds.
- Arleen Smagacz, Whiting