The Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS) announced November 26 that it would broaden its mission beyond support for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (LCAS). In an “open letter” to the community released Monday, FOLCAS President Emily DeHuff said the passage November 6 of Measure 21-147 funding the shelter means the group’s mission to provide operating support for the LCAS “no longer seems necessary.” DeHuff wrote in the letter, “Since our fundraising to date has been done on the basis of supporting the Shelter, we will move the money we have in the bank as of the effective date of our organizational change to dedicated accounts to be used exclusively for LCAS support purposes (other than ongoing Shelter operating expenses). Going forward, FOLCAS remains committed to the well-being of the animals in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. We plan to continue to pay for the spay/neuter surgeries of LCAS animals before they go to new homes, as we have done since September 2009 (an expense that now runs about $25,000 a year), and to fund special Shelter needs outside the scope of its annual budget, as we have done from the beginning.”
DeHuff said FOLCAS now also wants to provide services to animals in Lincoln County more broadly. “It has become increasingly evident in the four years since the economic crash that there is a growing unmet need in our community for assistance in caring for animals in addition to those lodged in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter,” DeHuff wrote. She said this includes response to emergencies affecting livestock as well as companion animals. “Because we continually receive requests for animal-related assistance from other organizations and individuals, we also intend to use a portion of our future net revenue to respond to these situations,” she wrote. The organization now has a new mission statement, “To support and advance the health and well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County, Oregon. And, although it will still be known as FOLCAS, it’s new name is “Friends of Lincoln County Animals, Inc.” For more information, call 541-961-5852. The organization said it has raised more than $241 thousand for animal services since it was founded in 2009.