Cache Humane Society is working to adjust after the resignation of director Roland Bringhurst in January.
Cath Manrique, the volunteer and fundraising coordinator, said Bringhurst was an important asset to Cache Humane, accomplishing great things during the three years he spent as director.
According to Manrique, there were 5,000 spays and neuters total in the 40 years prior to Bringhurst being in command. The shelter has conducted more than 5,000 spay and neuter surgeries since Bringhurst was appointed director. These surgeries are an important part alleviating the number of stray animals in Cache Valley.
Cache Humane currently participates in transfers with shelters in multiple states, most of which are forced to euthanize animals that do not get adopted within a certain amount of time. During these transfers animals from high traffic shelters are moved to shelters with vacancy in an area where the particular breed is more desirable. Manrique said that this all started when Bringhurst was put in charge.
“We did minimal transfers from local shelters, and we still do that, but in order to save more animals overall Roland got creative in his thinking, encouraging us to reach farther out to states like California and Texas,” Manrique said. “You have to recognize that there are different areas of the country that have different needs and work with that. I think Roland acknowledged that and it moved us forward.”
The most important thing Bringhurst accomplished, Manrique said, was getting Cache Humane to a no-kill status.
“Becoming a no-kill shelter was our goal since day one,” Manrique said. “Achieving this status gives us a lot more outside support and allows us to save more animals, making us a much happier team.”
The board of directors at Cache Humane has appointed Stacey Frisk as the interim director. Frisk said that Bringhurst’s absence is felt among their team.
“There was a lot we may have taken for granted that Roland was doing that we didn’t see because it isn’t as slick as it used to be,” Frisk said. “Everything is essentially still running the same way. It’s just the little things that we are still adjusting to, but we are making it happen and we are moving forward as a team.”
The board is still undecided on whether it will seek out another head director of the shelter.