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Voice: Letter-writer was right about some problems at Humane Society

July 30, 2001

There have seen several letters lately criticizing the quick judgment of Madeline Olsen on the Humane Society. From the amount of trips I have made there I agree with her. I have tried on numerous occasions to adopt one of the cats running loose in the facility and have been told that they are not for adoption. One of the employees has told me that there are 37 cats that reside there permanently.

If the employees have taken such a great liking to them, then they should take them home and allow the ones waiting for adoption more exposure.

The subject of take-out food has been mentioned several times also. Here is a facility that hasn't paid a water bill in several years because they can't afford it but they can afford to feed three to four employees at a cost of $15 every time. I have witnessed them receiving this benefit on Saturday, which also is the day they are only open for a few hours. Sixty dollars a month would buy a lot of cat food or put a nice dent in a past-due bill.

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There was a flier circulated at work before Halloween taking orders for cat necklaces being sold by the Humane Society. After I placed an order I received a phone call from an employee telling me that the fund raiser had been canceled. The next time I visited the facility I inquired as to why it had been canceled and was told that the manager wanted a larger share of the selling price and the crafter who was already giving up 50 percent declined.

There are people willing to help but sometimes Charlene wants more than people are willing to give. What you want is to have the people of Imperial Valley to provide you with a new facility. A new facility should have been purchased when bingo was a huge success.

ADELE SOTO

El Centro

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