first_imgA 2006 study conducted by ASPCA Senior Director of Shelter Research and Development, Emily Weiss and Shannon Gramann, ASPCA Manager of Shelter Research and Development, compared “the attachment levels of adopters of cats — fee based adoptions vs. free adoptions.” These were their results, which were published in Vol. 12 Issue 4 of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. The VHS is hosting an adopt-a-thon of epic proportions on Friday & Saturday, December 16th & 17th. It is an event not to be missed. The obvious well-meaning concerns that many individuals have are that people who cannot afford to pay an adoption fee, cannot afford to have a pet. One is inclined to believe that those who get “free” animals are much more likely to abuse them, abandon them, or return them to the shelter once the excitement wears off.The ASPCA has done extensive research into these very issues. They recently conducted a study at the Edmonson Humane Society analyzing 344 cat adopters. 138 families paid adoption fees, and 206 did not. What they discovered was that paying the adoption fee seemed to have no bearing on whether or not the cat received follow-up veterinary care, and it also did not affect retention. Both groups had families who did provide their cats with vet care, and families who did not. More than 80% of the fee-waived families indicated that they valued their cats and would adopt again.– MORE – FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img For the second year, the Vanderburgh Humane Society will be hosting an “Empty the Shelter” event with 100% waived adoption fees on all shelter animals. This includes dogs, cats, and rabbits. The event will kick off at 10:00 am on Friday, December 16th. VHS will have extended hours on both days, opening early (10:00 am instead of noon) and closing late (8:00 pm instead of the normal 6:00.) All hands will be on deck for this event, including all staff members and a host of volunteers. Attachment to cats adopted from the study facility was not decreased when adoption fees were eliminatedEliminating adoption fees does not devalue the animals in the eyes of the adoptersFree adult cat programs could “dramatically impact the lives of thousands of shelter cats who would otherwise reside in a shelter for months or be euthanized.”last_img read more

Danville Cooperative Association and Farmers Coop Grain Association consider merger

first_imgFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Danville Cooperative Association and the Farmers Coop Grain Association, both full service farm supply cooperatives located in South Central Kansas, have entered in to a discussion regarding a possible merger of their two companies.According to David Wedman, Board President of the Danville Cooperative Association, “There are several factors that make our Cooperatives suitable partners.  We are both strong Cooperatives who share similar business values and goals. In addition, our trade territories are contiguous, and for this reason we share many of the same members/patrons.  Based on our initial assessment, our combined membership will benefit from the efficiencies gained from eliminating duplicate processes and also from achieving economies of scale due to our combined size.”“In addition, we also share common challenges that have already led us to our current working partnerships through Comark Grain, safety and compliance services, and human resources.  We also want to emphasize that at this time the only decision made is to explore in greater depth, what the two Coops would look like together.  The results of this study will be shared with both company’s members/patrons during meetings scheduled at a later date,” said Derek Totten, Chairman of the Farmers Coop Grain Association.About Danville Cooperative AssociationThe Danville Cooperative Association is headquartered in Danville, Kansas.Today, Danville Cooperative Association operates multiple grain elevators across South Central Kansas including locations in Argonia, Bluff City, Danville, Newport, Metcalf and Wellington. They also have a location in Albin, Oklahoma.  Total licensed grain storage capacity is over 7.8 million bushels.Additionally, Danville Cooperative Association has a full-service agronomy division that provides bulk liquid, dry, and anhydrous ammonia fertilizers, chemicals and seed, as well as custom application for fertilizer and chemicals.  They also have a full service energy division providing fuel services and bulk fuel delivery.  Please visit their website at www.danvillecoop.com.About Farmers Coop Grain AssociationThe Farmers Coop Grain Association, Inc., is located in the heart of Sumner county, Kansas.  Farmers Coop Grain Association consists of five full-service grain elevators located in Mayfield, Oxford, Rome, South Haven and at our home office in Wellington.  Total licenses grain storage capacity is over 4.1 million bushels.The Coop offers quality grain, fertilizer, feed and fuel services for the entire county and more.  In addition, the Wellington location offers a full-service tire facility and propane service and delivery.  Please visit their website at www.wellingtoncoop.com.last_img read more

Mere subterfuge and deception

first_imgDear Editor,There has certainly been a buzz around Guyana since the discovery of oil in commercially exploitable quantities.  Every day you can read something about Guyana internationally, be it in the Oil & Gas Journal, the New York Times, and so on.  But no one speaks about the Guyanese economic prospect of the high risk of wasting all these funds because of corrupt ruling politicians and weak national institutions.When President Granger spoke from the Parliament Buildings on May 16, 2015, he said, “Let us now put past rivalries behind us and work in unity to banish poverty, ignorance, fear, and hatred. We assemble here today to witness the swearing in, not of a party leader, but of the President of all the people. I shall be a good President for all the people”. Editor, what do you think of his rhetoric now?Between the rhetoric and the reality, all we got from Team Granger so far was a fairy tale after they spent some $1.1 trillion of taxpayers’ money.One is struck by the complete lack of commitment and competence by Team Granger toward this concept of the “good life”. After four (4) years of Grangerism, the road to a new Guyana appears littered with the wreckage of the usually empty PNC messages from the past. These messages – “the good life”, “a Government of national unity”, “the opportunity to offer democratic renewal”, and so on, were all offered by Mr Granger personally.But since that offering, all that Team Granger has done was embark on a massive administrative disaster fuelled by high levels of policy paralysis and gross incompetence. This situation is nothing but a bad omen for the Guyanese people.They have delivered very little of what they promised after these four (4) years. It was Team Granger who promised to “free the people from the shackles of racism” but yet in every single appointment they have made, the evidence reveals a ratio of them choosing, 9 out of 10 times, people who are “kith and kin” (Hoyte’s words) and “PNC people” (Volda’s words).These people promised to solve the endemic problems of corruption, nepotism and crime but they have not. It was Mr Granger himself who promised to “protect our citizens” using his military training to guide policies to allow the Guyanese people to feel safe.  Today every woman, man, and child are at a greater risk of being robbed, murdered or physically harmed at the hands of domestic terrorists (drug-infused-kick-down-the-door armed bandits included).Thus, if one reflects on these Granger phrases, they appear as mere subterfuge and deception.  All that talk on the foyer of the Guyana Parliament on May 15, 2015, were really a smokescreen for the real agenda, which Team Granger pursued diligently since coming to the office.The rational middle not was fooled because regardless of how you dress up Team Granger, it is nothing but the same old PNC with its nepotism, political intolerance, major acts of conflict of interest, executive incompetence and financial squander.That is their legacy.  The Granger legacy!  The PNC legacy!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more