New & improved humane society

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 02/22 2014 06:51PM

Updated 02/24 2014 10:17AM

DANVILLE -- The Humane Society of Danville held its first ever open house to showcase its new space. The outside looks the same, but inside, things are very different. In just two weeks it cleaned up its act.

Board member Tre Roberts says, "In the sixty-seven year history of this facility, this is one of the best days it’s ever seen. We started with the very basics. We cleaned the place. We changed some staff. We got management in here that is knowledgeable, that was energized. We had volunteers come in and paint."

Roberts says the biggest change is, "We're not performing euthanasia’s in-house. We're going to get it to a vet and let them make the decision."

In the past, those decisions were made by Glen Laird, the shelter's former director. He didn’t have a state license to put animals to sleep and the board let him go. There's also been a failed election and board members resigning; including the past president and vice president.

Todd Schultz is running for a position on the board.

He says, "I'm very happy about running for the board. We’ve seen a lot of good changes in the last few weeks from the volunteers and from the staff that’s in right now."

It's a change the community desperately wanted. Just ask Deena Sawka.

She says, "It looks great in here, and it’s a very open and clean, nice environment that makes it very easy to do this and to feel comfortable that you're adopting a well-taken care of cat.

Robert's says the day went off without a hitch.

"We’ve got snacks, we’ve got door prizes coming up, you can come in and donate, and we’ve had several adoptions already. The proof is right here, the community is here and they're showing support. It’s phenomenal."

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