Statement from Executive Director Regarding Licensing Transition

March 12, 2010

Kitsap Humane Society truly values and thanks our county partners for collaborating on the transition of licensing services.This transition is in the best interest of all involved for the benefit of the community. For this we support and thank our partners Mr. Washington and Ms Buonanno Grennan, as well as the commissioners. The licensing program was transitioned to the shelter years ago at our request. Since then, with changes in cost of living and inflation the program is no longer sustainable. Our organization determined that continuing the program at our current commission rate would prove to be a heavy burden on community donors that would then need to subsidize this activity rather than animals suffering. For many years our shelter has retained only $2.50 of every license sold with the remainder going to municipalities. By transitioning services, Kitsap County will be better able to return the animal control budget to a safe level with this increased revenue. Government has the resources to profit from licensing, whereas shelters are left to operate off small allowances and no budget to improve services. With transitions like this allows shelters to focus scarce resources on families and animals in crisis. Though we all struggle during this recession we must find ways where sensible to return revenues needed by Kitsap County, especially where lives are impacted. We believe this is an example of the private and public sectors cooperating to better serve the community. Sean Compton Executive Director