Accountant Brought Animal Kill Rate Down To Zero At A Shelter

While opening an NGO is no easy task, it is quite worrisome when even the most necessary financial needs aren’t fulfilled. Thus, not fulfilling the motive for which the NGO started in the first place. That is why, even an NGO is an organization and an organization can only find success if it has desired needs and especially, leadership.

Like many Non-Profit Organizations, Animal shelters also meet the same fate. Due to many animals shelters facing scarcity of funds, approximately 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year. This rate has gone down by a million since 2011. However, we do have a long way to go.

Something quite similar was happening at this Animal Shelter in Texas, which was facing adversity due to inadequate funds, leading them to opt for the least inexpensive option; to euthanize their animals. Every Wednesday, animal control office of Taft Animal Shelter would routinely euthanize animals to make room for more stray animals in their shelter.

Saddened by the situation, Kayla Denney, an accountant at L&F distributors, decided to take the responsibility of improving the conditions in which the animals were living in. When Denney assumed the leadership, the animal shelter was completely run down with no electricity, no volunteers, or even an appropriate space for potential pet owners to look for their future pets.

There were no supplies, lights and volunteers to help with the situation. Upon seeing this, she made optimum use of internet and began an extensive social media campaign to recruit volunteers, harmonize adequate fund raising and find prospective pet owners who could give these animals a permanent home.

Combining Denney’s increasing social media presence with the recognition of her fellow volunteers, she created a large base for her animal shelter which was getting recognized all over. What happened after was nothing less than a miracle when the kill rate of Taft went from 100% to zero in just a short period of one year. Her hard work and efforts paid off and she was able to save 565 animals from euthanizing.

This led to her being nominated for Petco foundation’s Unsung heroes award. Not only did she get nominated, but also became one of the five finalists for the award. Each of the finalist receives $10,000 grants for their organizations and one of them is selected who receives an additional amount of $25,000 grant. Unsurprisingly, Denney was the finalist.

Now, Denney works full time for the benefit of her Animal shelter saving hundreds of lives of cats and dogs. Her personal Facebook page, she was noted saying, “I’ve gotten hundreds (if not thousand plus) of messages from people asking how I do it – I have not been able to reply to a lot of the messages mainly because there is no easy explanation or simple formula. It takes a team. It takes dedication. It takes determination. It takes a will. It takes you.”