"Temporary" Closing Of LaBelle Animal Shelter May Indicate Financial Problems
LABELLE, FL. -- The Caloosa Humane Society has announced the closing of it's animal shelter facility in LaBelle.
An announcement issued by the non-profit Society said in part, "The Board of Directors of the Caloosa Humane Society would like to announce some great changes coming for your local shelter for 2011! We would like our supporters and future visitors to know we are temporarily closed to the public in order to make these changes.
"We are closed to the public due to restructuring of management and interior/exterior renovations. If you are interested in an animal at our shelter, you can contact one of our board members: Tricia Boone at 239-657-2306 or contact Doug Morgan at 863-637-0952 or 863-675-3381."
According to financial statements filed with the IRS, the shelter seems to have been spending more money than they take in over the years, due apparently to high staff and operating costs, while not enough public donations to cover costs. The non-profit organization shows a loss in the latest two IRS Form 990s on public record.
The LaBelle organization began 10 years ago, with a reported $1,000,000 endowment.
The Form 990 filed for 2008 showed a total revenue of $128,517 with expenses of $156,053 for a net loss of $27,536. In year 2009 the organization's filed statements showed $138,765 income and $148,623 for expenses, a net loss of $9,859.
For 2009, shown were 5 employees and 112 volunteers. The employees cost the Humane Society $72,093 compared to $67,233 the year before.
Hendry county has two other dog and cat animal shelters, both "no-kill shelters, one in Montura and one operating for many years in North LaBelle.