Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Partners for Pets in Marianna is over $20,000 in debt.
For this reason, the board has decided to temporarily close until they get their finances back on track.
“I don’t think they understand that when it’s a nonprofit, you’re always in debt,” said Jayme Dill, head of Partners for Pets. “There will never be that money in a bank account.”
Dill said the council had options.
“One was to carry on with our business as we were doing and ultimately not being able to come back or to move forward and plan a shutdown, work on our move here to Panhandle Road and start over,” said the chairman of the organization’s board of directors, Ken Campbell. “Some kind of hard reset.”
Campbell partly blames Dill for the debt. He said she took in more animals than allowed.
Dill admits she takes in more animals because people drop them off.
His choices are limited to either taking them in or sending them to a shelter.
“I don’t think they are animal rescuers. I really don’t know,” Dill said. “I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. We haven’t asked for help from the community knowing that we are in financial debt.
The board said it was an adoption center, not a shelter.
And they said suggestions to use part of the estimated $94,000 construction fund to operate would be wrong.
“It’s fundamentally illegal for us to take donations that were given for a specific purpose and use that money for something else,” Campbell said.
Several community members raised their concerns with Jackson County commissioners on Tuesday.
One of their concerns was that Jackson County would become overcrowded with animals.
“We have a budget coming up,” County Chairman Jim Peacock said. “And as Commissioner Donofro said, it’s going to be tight. It’s going to be very tight but we won’t forget Partners for Pets.
Campbell said they are actively working towards the new Partner for Pets location.
He also said they want to reopen as soon as possible.
If you would like to donate to Partners for Pets, click here for a link to their donation page on their website.
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