Questions? We have answers! See below. We are so very excited and are looking forward to the future!
Why did you decide to do this? This move creates sustainability and continuity for services that benefit animals in Central Oregon. As you may know, we’ve had several leadership transitions in our organization over the past year, and currently we have no permanent executive director or medical director. Further, because we have very few stable funding sources, including a lack government grants, our financial situation has continually been in flux. Consolidating our services to ensure our mission continues just made good sense in order to continue to provide our services to the community.
Why HSCO? HSCO and Bend Spay+Neuter Project have a very long-term partnership that is now being formalized under one organizational umbrella. Both entities have many of the same partnerships with other animal welfare champions, organizations and advocates throughout the community. We already work together on projects quite a bit and this move will further stabilize both organizations’ programs to serve the community.
How can you be sure they’ll continue your mission? We have a transition committee built up of stakeholders from both Bend Spay+Neuter Project and HSCO whose job is to ensure just that. In addition, we will have two-year term HSCO board positions available to our board in order to provide continuity in guiding our services.
Will you continue to offer the same services to the community? Yes. The plan is that Bend Spay+Neuter Project will continue to operate in its current location as a program under the HSCO umbrella. We expect that services will remain the same from both a surgery and wellness standpoint.
Will prices go up? We don’t expect this move to affect our prices or interactions with our clients in any way.
What about community cats? This program is a perfect example of the synergy between the two organizations. Both Bend Spay+Neuter Project and HSCO currently work on solving the problem of community cat overpopulation, and coming together will help to bolster, consolidate and continue to grow this important work.
What about programs like Warm Springs and rabies/microchip clinics? These types of programs are vital and fall squarely under the shared mission of both organizations. We plan to continue these outreach programs and, eventually, expand them to meet the future needs in our growing community.