Tim Tipton and Yancey Humane Society Board of Directors Answer Critics
Concerning the letters and statements made against Yancey Humane Society, Jane Mummert and Tim Tipton printed in the Times Journal Newspaper, we assure members, donors and anyone with concerns the letters in question are filled with falsehoods and misinformation. We want to ask all of you to question the intent of these letters. Please share this post to help us get the truth out.
You only need ask yourself, why would we do the things stated in these letters? We wouldn't. Many of the complaints are just not true and others are misleadingly presented in a way to draw the reader to a "certain" conclusion. These allegations do not represent the good stewardship displayed by the board of directors of YHS and its management. We feel these issues must be addressed as our image and our ability to raise the funds necessary to help homeless and unwanted pets in Yancey County has been negatively impacted.
Statements about using donated funds to pay for frivolous items are false, and statements saying we arrogantly turned down $70,000 to build a surgery suite are false.
1. No shelter funds were used to purchase Flat Panel TV's, the memorial bell, benches or the memorial park. The TV's were paid for by restricted grant funds approved by the granter for that purpose. The memorial park and the remembrance bell were completely paid for by funds specifically donated for those purposes by private donors. The bell was only possible because its creator, artist Raven Tata donated her time and talents with the donor covering the cost of materials.
2. The surgical suite was given full consideration by the board of directors. The Tarver Foundation was willing to provide some money to help build the surgical suite itself but would not provide any funding for the ongoing annual expenses that would have been incurred by its creation. We did not meet the criteria to qualify for the Petsmart grant. The “in-house” surgeries would have been more expensive due to the required salaries, medical equipment, medicines and other overhead costs associated with doing the surgeries at the shelter. YHS had and has an existing spay/neuter program with the Humane Alliance of WNC that covers this service. We also have grants that pay for most public pets to be spayed/neutered for free or very low cost. Therefore, we could not in good faith accept the Tarver Foundation funds.
We invite anyone with concerns to drop by the shelter to find out the facts for themselves. Take a tour of the shelter, meet our adorable pets and see for yourself all the wonderful programs and services we offer our community. The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays from noon - 5pm and Saturdays from noon - 4pm. The shelter telephone number is 682-9510 and is only answered during business hours.
Tim Tipton, Executive Director and Yancey Humane Society Board of Directors