With its new director now having been on the job for more than a month, the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter organization continues to try to move forward.
The shelter board met Tuesday at Toccoa City Hall.
During the meeting, Roberts told the board that volunteer labor had decreased and was asked by board members how to work on increasing that.
Roberts said that will require work in a number of different areas.
“The first part is trying to have the community pull together as much as possible,” said Roberts. “I plan to reach out to the college and see if we can get some of those students involved in coming out. We need to reach out to the churches in the community.”
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, some expressed concern over the shelter and some things that have happened recently.
Kathy Pauly, who works at the shelter, says she feels the shelter needs a clearer direction moving forward.
“I know that all of the board members all have different perceptions of what we should be,” said Pauly. “At one end, (there) are those that think we should be a truly humane shelter. Others at the other end think that this is just supposed to be a new building for animal control and nothing really changed. Then you have board members in between. I think it is very confusing. I think it is something that needs to be discussed and decided so that the board can speak as one voice and guide Jeff and he can guide the rest of the staff.”
Pauly also said a number of things that have been said about the shelter’s adoption process are not true, calling them rumors.
Others in attendance also expressed concern about things they have read in the “Letters to the Editor” section of the Toccoa Record about recent events that have occurred.
Roberts said that in one case, officials did investigate an incident involving someone shooting an animal they believed to be rabid. In the other case, shelter board members said it was a legal issue they could not comment on.
Shelter Board Member Ron Seib said that the board needs to hear these comments from the public, but adds it is important to remember how far things have come with the shelter.
“It is terribly important that we continue to promote the positives of the shelter and remember where we started from,” said Seib. “Rome was not built in a day. There is obviously a lot more to do.”
The shelter board also reported that it raised just under $3,000 when all was said and done on its “Jailhouse Rock” fundraiser, which was held last month at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College.
Seib said he felt the event was successful and thanked those who put it together for their efforts.