The West Valley Humane Society is putting the past behind them. They have renewed their contract with the City of Nampa and Canyon County. This after the non-profit faced a series of challenges that they say are in the past. They have just seen the end the to what they called a long, arduous and constructive forensic financial audit that found no criminal wrongdoing. They are now working with a local accounting firm to handle all their financial dealings.
"We have restructured it that way and made sure that we have best possible people in place to move forward and make sure where the best possible shelter we can possibly be," explained Angela Taylor of West Valley Humane Society.
But the changes at West Valley go beyond their books but to their management. They now have an entirely new Board of Directors and new management staff at the shelter.
"We got new blood in there and they are very very good and very passionate about the animals," said Taylor.
They say they also have more checks and balances is in place to make the unthinkable doesn't happen again. In early 2016, bunny a Treasure Valley's family beloved dog was put down at the shelter. The dog came to shelter after getting lost and was euthanized without the owners knowing after it experienced seizure-like symptoms for several days. Those people involved in that tragedy are no longer at the shelter.
"Everything runs through either our executive director, our animal welfare manager, and our veterinarian usually all three," explained Taylor. "So it's kind of like a triple check on everything so and we were making sure all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed."
With these changes, they hope to move forward on providing a holistic community-based approach to reconnecting lost pets with their families and have others find their forever home.