Everyone who knows me is aware that I am an animal lover – especially dogs. One way I spend my time during retirement is to volunteer at the Humane Society of the Delta taking pictures and videos of dogs to help get them adopted.

This year is HSD’s tenth anniversary. It still amazes me that they manage to survive with no regular funding source, including the city. When you look at all the services they provide for our community, you will realize that there is an injustice here. As people like to say, “Something is wrong with this picture.”

Let me enlighten you about the services that HSD provides.

Several city departments call on HSD regularly. The fire department calls when dogs are involved with a house fire. HSD responds to the sanitation department when dogs need to be moved in order for the crew to do their jobs, or if they see dogs in distress. The police department contacts HSD when someone is arrested and there is a dog in the car.

HSD sponsors the only low-cost spay and neuter clinic for the City and has reduced the feral dog population by 20% by doing so.
They provide free houses or barrels upon request for dogs during the harsh winter months. Animals with unknown owners receive emergency care when needed.

HSD also works with the younger generation by teaching high school students the basics of animal care, the importance of spay/neuter, and the evils of dog fighting.

But, the most impressive statistic is that in 2017, 650 dogs were transported out of Helena to forever homes around the country. But, as good as that sounds, there is a constant influx of puppies and dogs. The staff and volunteers at HSD are dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of the animals. It’s an overwhelming job – 24/7. The job is never finished.

So, think about what our community would be like if we didn’t have HSD. It’s not a pretty picture.

It’s time for our city administration and city council to step up and do the right thing.