Good Shepherd adds two new board members
Good Shepherd Humane Society has
two new faces on its board.
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the board
agreed to add Terri Paris and Debbie
Smith as board members. Paris said she’s
been in the area for more than 20 years,
starting out at the Greater Eureka Springs
Chamber of Commerce. She works at Best
Western Inn of the Ozarks now, Paris said,
and wants to give back to Good Shepherd
after finding her dog there.
“I have a few ideas, and I’d like to be
part of the board and an asset,” Paris said.
Smith said she lived in Fayetteville
for years, teaching elementary school for
most of her career. She and her husband
built a home on the Kings River as a second
home, Smith said, and that quickly
became their only home.
“We loved it so much we’re here full
time,” Smith said. “We sold our Fayetteville
She’s interested in joining the board,
Smith said, because she’s been a frequent
visitor of the Humane Society Thrift
Shops and has adopted three animals from
“I’m very interested in being involved,
just because I really want to take part in
my community and be a contributor up
here,” Smith said. “It’s a new adventure
Also at the meeting, treasurer Mark
Minton presented the financial report.
Minton said Good Shepherd has lost a little
more than $6,000 year-to-date, anticipating
a loss of $3,000 by the end of the
fiscal year. The loss is because of shortfalls
in grant revenue and shelter improvements,
“Those were the big contributors to our
year-end information going over,” Minton
President Jay Fusaro said the board will
budget differently in 2018, taking this
year’s struggles in consideration. It’s best
not to budget for grant revenue, Fusaro
“I think that was an oversight going
into this year’s budget, and it’s caused us
problems, so I would suggest that we don’t
budget for grant revenue,” Fusaro said.
“It’s real spotty.”
He added that the shelter received a
large amount of miscellaneous donations,
saying that’s a good sign.
“I do think that’s something we should
be very proud of,” Fusaro said. “That’s a
big number that came in for the year. It
means there’s a lot of support from the
Assistant shelter manager Kathy Cobb
presented the shelter report for November,
shelter took in seven dogs and six cats
in that time. The shelter adopted out four
dogs, two kittens, four cats and four puppies,
Cobb said, with two dogs being returned
to the shelter. Eureka Springs High
School FFA students toured the shelter
Dec. 12, Cobb said, and Carroll County
Electric sent crews to clear the area behind
the shelter for dog walkers Dec. 15.
“They had some extra time after they
cleared our trail in the back, so they
walked some dogs,” Cobb said.
Thrift store manager Janet Chupp updated
the board on how the stores are doing,
saying the budget looks good for the
year. That’s because volunteers have been
selling items on eBay and Craigslist, Chupp
said, to move things that wouldn’t sell
in the stores.
“We feel really positive about the budget,”
Next year, she said, she hopes the community
saves their cans and aluminum to
help the store make extra revenue through
the sale of scrap metal.
“That’s a huge untapped market. People
are taking it to the recycle center, and we
could make money on it,” Chupp said. “If
anybody has any ideas on how to generate
more money, I’m always open, always excited
to try new things.”
The board’s next regular meeting is
scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24,
at the meet and greet room at the shelter.