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Commissioners cut Medina County SPCA funds

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The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have to rely a little more on donations in 2019.

County commissioners announced Tuesday they would be sending $10,000 to the SPCA this year, less than the $27,500 they have sent to the nonprofit organization the last two years.

“It’s definitely going to make an impact for us financially,” said Tracey Miller, the SPCA’s director of operations. “That is a substantially less amount of money.”

Miller did not say what changes the agency may have to make because of the loss of funding as it receives substantial private donations.

George “Hub” Marquis, former board member with the SPCA, said Wednesday the organization gets $250,000 to $300,000 per year from donors.

Commissioners contracted with the SPCA in December 2013 to handle the growing cat population in Medina County. Several people in the community were upset about the overpopulation of cats being killed in gas chambers.

As such, the SPCA no longer euthanizes cats unless they are too sick or injured. It finds homes for hundreds of felines every year. For its services, it is paid by the county, and uses donations from the public.

County Administrator Scott Miller said he still wants the county to give the SPCA a yearly stipend.

“I’d like to give them money,” he said. “In my opinion, we can’t afford the $27,500 we gave them last year.”

Miller, who is not related to Tracey Miller, said he’d revisit the situation next year and hopefully give the SPCA more than $10,000 “if we have the money.”

The SPCA moved into its 13-acre property at 8790 Guilford Road, Guilford Township, about four years ago.

Its mission is to protect and care for animals in the community from abuse, cruelty, neglect, injury and abandonment

There are five or six full-time employees at the SPCA, including Miller, who care for dogs and cats and any other exotic animals that are brought in.

Miller said the busy cat season is about to start.

The SPCA currently has 101 cats, including nine that are pregnant, and 17 dogs. At its peak last year, it had 256 cats.

“They are here until they are adopted,” she said.

Fees to adopt cats are $25 to $90. For dogs, it’s $75 to $195.

Miller said the SPCA also got a parrot named Billy a few years ago that has become its office mascot. He says “hello” to people that come into the office.

“He’s learned to bark like a dog,” she said. “He also mimics the horn from the UPS truck.”

Adoption hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To make a donation or to check on adoptions, call (330) 723-7722.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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