PRINCETON — For the last couple months, Friends of Strays no kill animal shelter has been under a new director.
At the end of last year, former director/creator of Friends of Strays, Bonnie Doty, retired from the position.
Long-time board member and volunteer of the non-profit organization, Beverly Eden, has stepped into the position.
Her first few months as director, she admits, have been challenging, however, her dedication to keep the shelter running as efficiently as possible shines within.
“It’s been a challenge,” she said. “There’s just so much. And sometimes you have to tell people that you can’t help them, and they don’t like that. You can’t take every animal, but we try to do the best we can with the resources we have.”
The long, hard winter has taken a toll on the organization’s budget, Eden said. Having to pay extra for snow removal and heating bills has taken away from maintenance projects needed around the facility.
Because of the tight budget, Eden is just working as a volunteer.
She said there are a couple things on her list of goals to accomplish as director. She’d like to manage the budget and create funds to repaint portions of the shelter and complete needed flooring work.
“We’re always looking for volunteers who can help up with handiwork projects and who could help us out with lawn work once spring arrives,” she said.
She’s always hoping to find ways to increase animal adoptions.
Right now, Eden is working on applying for foster home licenses from the state, which will allow animals in the shelter to stay with families in a home until they are adopted.
“The animals have a better chance getting adjusted to people that way,” she said. “I think it’s healthier for them and the adjustment from the shelter to home life is much easier.”
Aside from director duties at the shelter, Eden is always willing to spend time helping with animal needs.
“I’ve always been a big animal lover, mostly because they can’t speak for themselves,” she explained. “I love watching them become healthy, and I love the puppies.”
Everyday is a new one at the shelter for Eden.
“You just never know what tomorrow is going to bring,” she said.
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Friends of Strays fundraiser
What: Annual drawdown Event
When: April 26
Where: Wise Guys in Princeton
What: Dinner and silent auction to help benefit the Friends of Strays. There will also be $2,600 given away in cash prizes.
Tickets: $50 a couple. Tickets can be purchased at the shelter or at Finders Keepers secondhand store in Princeton.