Morgan County Humane Society reorganizes
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
The Morgan County Humane Society has been reorganized with Robyn Purdy of Somerville as executive director.
The society was re-chartered last July and received its tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in October. Six charter members met recently to elect a board of directors and officers and make plans for the future.
Karen Montgomery was elected president; Lisa Burgess, vice president, Tammy Gilbert, secretary, and Rhonda Morrow, assistant executive director. Sharon Case is the other charter member.
"I got involved last June when I took in a female dog with 10 puppies," Purdy said. "I checked around to see if I could get some help from the Humane Society. I was surprised when I learned that the organization was no longer functioning. Apparently, it fell apart several years ago after the death of Margaret Compton, its long-time leader.
"I contacted the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. to find out what needed to be done to reactivate the society," she added.
"They were very helpful. They sent me all of the forms I needed to apply for a new charter and tax-exempt status."
Subsequently, she shared her interest in having an active humane society in the county with several friends and former society members.
"They were very supportive and willing to step up and help get things organized," Purdy pointed out.
She said a goal of the organization is to have its own animal shelter.
"We're looking for a building site donor now. We want a shelter that will serve as a good place for volunteers to come to work with and train animals for adoption," she added.
She said the scope of the society's work will include a spaying and neutering program aimed at helping pet owners who can't afford to have the procedures done by a veterinarian.
Other activities will include an educational program on animal care for children, reduced-cost rabies vaccination shots, and a foster home listing for adoptable animals.
Purdy said she is certified by the North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators to care for wild animals.
"I have a soft spot in my heart for all animals and I would like to be able to use my training to help in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured animals."
She pointed out that the success of the society will depend on the level of support it receives from the public sector.
"We have already applied for some grants and are hopeful of being chosen as a recipient.
"Also, we plan to conduct fund-raising projects, and we are accepting private donations."
Anyone wishing to donate to the organization may do so by contacting Purdy at 778-9709.