Shelter-based veterinary practices expand access to care and help bring in more funds
When Karel Minor came on board as the Humane Society of Berks County's executive director in 2005, the Reading, Pa., shelter's finances were in a deep hole.
The shelter had animal control contracts with the state to service about half of the county, and individual contracts with several municipalities, but was only getting about 25 cents on the dollar for the actual cost of its work.
Minor also felt that the shelter had somehow lost its way, drifting from its original mission. The shelter had multiple animal control contracts, but lacked veterinary services to properly treat sick or injured pets; the majority of the animals who entered the shelter were ultimately euthanized.