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Membership positive about future of pet shelter

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The Top of Ohio Pet Shelter is moving in a positive direction addressing problems that have troubled the organization in recent years, members told the board during a Friday evening annual membership meeting.

“I really like what we’re doing and I really like the openness,” member Randy Schmidt said. “Now we’ve got to get a baseline and build on it. There is a lot of interest and a lot of people willing to get involved.”

Over the past several years, the pet shelter’s organizational structure has deteriorated with board membership declining from its allotted 11 members to just five, most of whom were not elected in accordance with bylaw procedures.

Membership has fallen off and there are no records of many of the people who have paid membership dues in recent years, including Board President Jan Cooper who was not listed as an active member although she has paid her dues for the past three years. The board could only account for about three dozen active members.

In order to address the issues, the board called in Steffen Baldwin of Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Ohio to conduct an investigation into its policies and procedures and disclosed those findings in a public meeting. High among his recommendations was having a special reorganizational meeting to elect an entirely new board of directors.

 

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