Humane Society seeking budget allocation from city

File photo by Amy Cherry - Sonya, a five-year-old black labrador, pit bull mix, is shown during the Elk County Humane Society's #GivingTuesday fundraising event in 2016.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

As a result of their ongoing financial struggles the Elk County Humane Society is requesting a $10,000 budget allocation from the city to assure the shelter's continued operation.
Veterinarian Dr. Marie Eckl, Elk County Humane Society (ECHS) president, presented information about the organization during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Every year the shelter takes a $15,000-$20,000 loss. As a result Eckl said this could lead them to limit the amount of animals they take in, changing their care standards or failing to exist as the worst case scenario.
"History has shown the ECHS repeatedly operates in the red, especially within the last five years. This is not sustainable in the long-term," Eckl said. "Either a reduction in the scale of operations/recurring expenses or additional significant and steady income streams must be developed to change this fact."
Already in 2017 the shelter has incurred $105,990 in expenses with total income of $76,283 resulting in a net income of $29,707. However in 2016 their $130,380 in expenses significantly out weighed their $94,277 operating budget.