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Humane Shelter hires another new manager

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Border Collie/Labrador mix Ralphie runs around the new exercise pen at the Clay County Humane Shelter Tuesday afternoon. The pen was built as the project for an area Eagle Scout. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The new shelter manager at the Clay County Humane Society is a familiar face.

Rick Moore, who had previously served as shelter manager from 2004-06, started in late September and is the fourth person to be shelter manager this year.

"The Humane Society Board asked me to return," Moore told The Brazil Times. "I had left previously because I refused to euthanize any animals."

He added he hopes to maintain the shelter's spay/neuter clinic and build a stronger relationship with the City of Brazil as well as county officials.

"I want the shelter to be for the animals and not in the political scene," Moore said. "With the current administration, I think we can build a better rapport with them and the city and county law enforcement."

Moore and Humane Society Board President Bill Bell both said they would like to see the animal ordinances enforced and build up the shelter's volunteer base.

"Our number one priority right now is to build up the number of volunteers we have and bring our membership back up," Bell said.

Moore said the shelter has already begun volunteer programs with Indiana State University and the area scout troops, but would like to see them grow.

"We have ISU students coming once a week to help walk the dogs and just started programs with the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts," he said. "The Clay County Community Corrections Department has also been very helpful in sending people out to volunteer."

Bell confirmed to The Brazil Times the shelter had an outbreak of Parvo for the second time this year in late August and early September -- prior to the hiring of Moore -- and the shelter is currently near capacity, housing approximately 190 dogs and cats.

"We have set up a quarantine room for any new animals we receive to stay for 14 days to protect a potential spread of any disease to the general population of the shelter," Moore said. "Also, we do keep kennels open for emergencies."

Moore also said the shelter has been "buddying up" animals in the kennels to allow for more room.

"We try to pair animals that work well together in the same kennel," he said. "However, if a pet owner wants to drop their dog or cat off because they can't take care of it anymore, there is the possibility they may be put on a waiting list."

The shelter continues to work with rescue programs across the nation in hopes to adopt out as many animals as possible.

"We are proceeding with our rescue programs," Moore said. "But it is my policy to try to never turn away any animal."

For more information about volunteering or becoming a member, contact the Clay County Humane Shelter at 446-5126.

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looks like this is the man we need for the job

-- Posted by nobob on Wed, Oct 22, 2008, at 10:02 PM

I am so happy to read this. I would also like to see animal cruelty laws strongly enforced. I am sickened by the countless neglected & emaciated dogs on chains all over the county. I currently am nursing a stray I picked up on 40 and Depot. He was dumped out of a car and looked like a skelton. Educating citizens about animal abuse makes for a stronger community. I hope to see the community's support the efforts of the Shelter. Thank you for caring Mr. Moore.

-- Posted by softcloth on Wed, Oct 22, 2008, at 10:29 PM

I took in a stray dog for a couple of weeks hoping that the owner would be looking for him. The dog was never claimed (surprise, huh?). I couldn't manage him any longer, as I have other dogs and one more was one more than I could handle permanently, so I called the shelter. I was put on a waiting list for about another week, but I was called one day and told I could bring him in.

Rick was very reassuring about the adoption process, and that even if the dog was not adopted locally, there were still other options other than euthansia. Fortunately the dog did get adopted by someone who found him on the internet.

But after my first-hand experience with the shelter, I am confident in Rick and his ability to run our local facility the way I want to see it run.

Good work Rick, you are the man for the job!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 2:58 AM

Good Luck to you Mr. Moore. It sounds like your heart is in the best interest of the animals.

-- Posted by Firedad on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 3:06 AM

good luck Mr. Moore. I was wondering what kind of help is needed & what kind of hours. Might just be for me I love animals & I stay at home & take care of family could be a break that would help more than just me.

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 7:18 AM

hey guys!

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 8:15 AM

Im so happy Rick is back in charge. No one does a better job with these animals and he truly is a hard working man when it comes to dogs and cats.

I volunteered there when my kids went to school.

He was so kind and very organized. Yes if you like animals, give it a try! Volunteer two hours a day. Its fun!

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 9:41 AM

Good luck to Mr. Moore & the shelter! We need to realize that animals need us to be responsible---responsible pet owners. If you don't plan on breeding your dog or cat, have it spayed or neutered. It is the proper and humane thing to do! Animals cannot control their instincts. BE RESPONSIBLE people please!!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 10:11 AM

Why is there so much turmoil there? They are always hiring and firing

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 12:06 PM


-- Posted by whathappen on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 2:47 PM

I'm so happy we have someone in there again that puts the animals first. Thank you so much!

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 2:54 PM

How Funny

-- Posted by whathappen on Fri, Oct 24, 2008, at 2:12 PM

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