The Flint Hills Humanitarian Society is deeply in the “idea stage” to potentially expand its operations in the area.
During an appearance on KVOE’s Talk of Emporia on Friday, Humane Society director Stephanie Asir said funding for that purpose will be a major focus for the institution throughout 2023. The current animal shelter was built.
Achille says there are no clear plans for expansion or a specific fundraising event at this time, but it will be an ongoing topic between her and the board through the first half of the new year, she said.
The announcement follows a “tumultuous” calendar year of 2022, which saw the largest emergency in Emporia Animal Shelter’s history in October. Of his nearly 90 animals that were housed, Achille said about 12 cats remain at the shelter, which is a little overcrowded at this time.
Overall in 2022, the shelter had a total of 450 adoptions, with just over 300 total adoptions. Achille told his KVOE News that animal shelters have been able to reduce his average stay to one month over the past year. His average length of stay until 2022 was seven to nine months.
Additionally, Achille said the appointment of Chaney Besack as Emporia’s new Animal Control Officer will be a great resource for the Humane Society over the next 12 months and beyond.