By: Maranda Gibson
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of your local humane society? Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the San Diego Humane Society, Michael Baehr, was kind enough to tell me about what his organization does and how they work to make positive effects in their community for humans and animals.
A Little Bit about the San Diego Humane Society
Since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society has operated on the same mission – to promote the humane treatment of animals, to prevent cruelty to animals, and to provide education to enhance the human-animal bond. For 131 years, the organization has adapted to the changes of technology to provide comprehensive programs including adoptions, owner training, pet training, and much more. In 2009, the organization set a goal to end euthanasia of animals with treatable conditions in San Diego shelters by 2020, a program called the Paws to Success Program.
The San Diego Humane Society receives the majority of its funding through private contributions from the residents of the community through various fundraisers and charity events throughout the year. San Diego is consistently ranked as the "Pet Friendliest City" year after year in the US and that distinction makes the job of the humane society an important part of the community. "It is because of this community that we have the good fortune to offer the programs and services we do for animals and people," Michael states.
The humane society hosts a number of fundraising events every year and three of their largest fundraisers are:
Why Would a Humane Society Need Conference Calls?
With several locations throughout San Diego and over 900 animals in their care at any time, staying in constant communication is critical to the survival of the oldest not-for-profit organization in San Diego. "AccuConference helps us operate more efficiently and achieve continuous communication while saving staff time, travel, and expensive fuel costs so we can devote more time to caring for the animals."
Since the members of the SDHS Board of Trustees are volunteering their time, it's important that they can connect quickly and easily. To ensure the success of the programs offered by the San Diego Humane Society, the Board of Trustees must meet often. "AccuConference provides a vital service to the community members by allowing them to dial into a conference number from anywhere so that they aren’t sacrificing more time than they need to," Michael added.
If you'd like to help your local humane society or animal shelter, Michael suggests donating items from 'wish list' to local shelters like bedding, towels, pet food, and more. You can call your local shelter to see what they need or even donate funds directly to the shelter.Time is also a useful donation, as many shelters rely on volunteer staff to keep the animals provided for.
AccuConference employees (me included) have opened their homes to rescue animals and we know what a great service local humane shelters provide, as well as what kind of joy the animals can bring pet owners. Michael and the rest of the staff sound like people who are passionate about what they are doing for animals and I hope that the city of San Diego continues to stand behind them.
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