Battle Mountain Humane Society receives high award for service

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Pictured left to right with Best Friends Animal Society awarded plaque Delvine Langley, Mike Tyrell, Connie Geiser, Elizabeth Duffy, Karen Truth, Bruce Truth, JR Flyte, and Charlie McCoy.


By Charity Maness

HOT SPRINGS – Recently Battle Mountain Humane Society (BMHS) was awarded a plaque from the Best Friends Animal Society recognizing their committed work in 2022 to having a 90% save rate at their facility.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by this premier Animal Shelter in Kanab, Utah,” said Connie Geiser, VP BMHS. “With this award we feel we are accomplishing our goal of what we set out to do.”

Best Friends Animal Society which began 35 years ago in Utah promotes a no kill philosophy in animal shelters. Through their efforts and those of shelters like Battle Mountain Humane Society 3.6 million cats and dogs were saved in shelters across America in 2022.  

In a letter accompanying the plaque penned by Julie Castle, Chief Executive Officer of Best Friends Animal Society, she honored the dedication, leadership and milestone reached on behalf of the animals in their care.

The letter states, in part, “This accomplishment represents so much more than a number. It represents a culture of caring and compassion. It represents a dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and motivated supporters. It represents innovative, thoughtful programming and it represents extraordinary leadership, both within your organization and within our broader animal welfare movement.”

Since BMHS converted to a shelter management system in 2020 they have taken in 1590 animals and have adopted 1560. In 2023 alone they have adopted 152 dogs and 145 cats. 

“We, as a group of individuals that care about animals, grew up with animals and saw the need of unwanted animals,” explained Geiser of the groups commitment to animal welfare.  

The process of opening their arms to the many animals in need can be emotionally taxing.

 “It’s difficult seeing the animals come to the shelter after being in homes for many years and being dropped off and how scared they are,” said Geiser. “Animals do have feelings; it truly effects the animals when they are dropped off at a shelter.”

Added pain comes when trying to find forever homes for some in their care.

“Seeing the animals overlooked because of age, or breed (is hard),” said Geiser.  

Regardless the difficulties, the rewards are many.

“The most rewarding part is when you get to work and they are so excited to see you with their tails wagging, purring and especially the kisses,” said Geiser, “and finding them forever homes.”

In 2021 the cost to spay and neuter animals in their care was $28,559.74. In 2022 that cost rose to $33,217.70. Additional costs are incurred with daily care.

With this said, BMHS welcomes any donation.

“Whether monetary, food, toys, collars, leashes, sheets, etc,” said Geiser, “all donations are welcomed. Additionally volunteers are always needed to help socialize the animals, play, brush or help with cleaning of their areas.” 

Geiser added a bit of advice for those contemplating animal adoption.

“Research the breed you are interested in and the activity level that matches your life style and your living arrangements.  Be aware that these are rescues and their full story we will never know and they need lots of love and patience. Make sure you are able to give them a 15 yr commitment of health and welfare. Animals are not disposable when you don’t want them anymore.”

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