May 24, 2016 – Stuart, Florida – I am here on behalf of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. The purpose for me appearing here today is to give you an update of the work we have been conducting with the University of Florida Maddie Shelter School Program out of the University of Florida. You may recall that I advised the commission we were working closely with them in connection with our operations. The Maddie Shelter has now come in and they have performed their observations and in evaluation of organization. They have looked at our operations and our administration and our leadership and governance. And this is a copy of the initial report, which will give you detailed bullet points of their findings and observations.
I know my time is limited here so I just want to read two sentences from the first page. It says: “We would like to commend the staff for their clear commitment and concern for the animals and their care and the openness in sharing their daily routines and ideas with us and their eagerness to learn about new techniques and skills. We are impressed and inspired by the life-saving accomplishments of HSTC. We are here to offer ongoing assistance and support. We look forward to working with you in the months ahead.”
This report is written by two veterinarians: Dr. Cynda Crawford, an assistant professor of shelter medicine, and Dr. Lawrence Garcia, a veterinarian and assistant professor of shelter medicine. Deborah Turcott, chief operating officer for Maddie’s Shelter Medicine, also contributed. These are highly qualified advisors. They understand the true challenges that shelter medicine faces. They will be the ones who are assisting and help us to elevate us to our continued successes. We have operated for over 60 years. We ask you to please review this report. Come out to the shelter. We would be happy to give you a tour of our facilities. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your time today. Here are copies of the report.