Humane Society of Columbiana County becomes Pawsitive Hope Project

SALEM — In an effort to better reflect the operations of the Salem Humane Society, Inc., most recently known as The Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC), The Pawsitive Hope Project has been developed.

Having operated as The Humane Society of Columbiana County for more than a decade, “a common misconception has occurred as to the funding source of the non-profit, no-kill/no suffering animal welfare organization,” a release states.

According to HSCC President Jill Abdoo, “people consistently and erroneously assume that we are either funded with taxpayer dollars, which is untrue or that we are a sub-division of The Humane Society of United States. This impression couldn’t be further from the truth.

“We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit with our own board of directors, bylaws and mission statement. We rely on funds from donors and our own fundraising to open the doors every day.”

Abdoo explained “The only change to our mission statement is our trade name. The “Pawsitive Hope Project” is a no-kill, no-suffering, animal welfare organization that supports a shelter and provides animal welfare education to the community.

“We will continue to stress, support and facilitate efforts to spay and neuter every pet possible. We will also assist in finding forever homes for cats and dogs through our adoption process. Intake of at-risk pets depends on shelter space, staff, volunteers and available funds.”