Eva Burrell Animal Shelter
The Eva Burrell Animal Shelter is a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.. The EBAS Board of Directors employs a shelter manager and two part-time employees to clean. Active and dedicated volunteers ranging in age from 11 to 85 assist with various shelter tasks. The Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, a “quality of life” shelter, also continues to serve as the county pound. During the past year, 180 animals found refuge at the shelter. Since opening in January 2000, the facility has housed 2,593 local cats and dogs. The great majority have either been returned to owners or adopted to responsible families. Adopted animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated in accordance with Michigan law. Euthanasia is utilized only when all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted. Again this year, we had fewer cats. We’re hoping that after seven years of spay or neuter for every shelter cat, we are feeling the positive impact of our efforts.
Volunteers remain the essence of the organization. A small band of dedicated volunteers willingly and tirelessly donate thousands of hours every day of the year to animal care, shelter cleanliness, maintenance, fundraising and educational efforts. Good Samaritans really stepped up to the plate this summer and fall to make sure needy animals found refuge at the shelter, as Animal Control, a division of the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, all but ceased to exist.
In addition to our steadfast group of volunteers, our patrons remain our most important asset – other than the animals, of course. Private donations, augmented by our numerous on-going fundraising activities, provide 91% of the necessary monies for shelter operations. Local governmental entities contributed approximately 9% of the total budget last year. Monies generated by adoption, surrender or redemption fees are minimal, covering only spay/neuter and vaccination expenses. We hesitate to raise fees, choosing to work harder and conserve more rather than jeopardize adoptions. Community support is strong. Many local businesses sponsor animals and/or underwrite events. Schools, organizations, residents and visitors regularly contribute necessary supplies. The Eva Burrell Animal Shelter finished the fiscal year in the black, due to conscientious management. Several measures were taken to minimize overhead without reducing the quality of our service to the community, but there’s precious little to trim at this point. We continue to partner with Michigan Works and Community Corrections not only to curtail expenses, but also to provide necessary work experience to those with developing job skills.
As our reputation as a stellar shelter grows, we remain active in networking with other shelters and rescue groups. Our bi-yearly newsletter reaches 400 + readers. The EBAS web site continues to be effective in disseminating information and facilitating adoptions. Petfinder.com enables posting of our adoptable animals nationwide. Inquiries and results are numerous and favorable. Our shelter animals have found suitable homes in upper and lower Michigan, all the states surrounding Michigan, the states of Washington, Texas, Virginia, and Canada.* We have many repeat adoptive families – people who have been so pleased with the training, health and disposition of the first animal that they return to our shelter for another family pet.
Goals for 2011 include maintaining quality service to the community in spite of budget cuts by city and county, no animal control by the sheriff’s department, and quality service to the cats and dogs we serve. Education for responsible pet ownership remains a constant goal. We have an active agenda to include a much needed quarantine facility at the shelter. With your steadfast help and support, the many stray and homeless animals will profit from our continued service.
Visit us at our web page: www.upebas.org
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We are located on East US-2 about 2 miles out of Manistique going east. We are open Tuesday through Friday from 12:30PM to 3:30PM and on Saturday from 9:00AM to Noon. We are closed Sunday and Monday.
Eva Burrell Animal Shelter
6091W US Hwy 2
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