For the last decade, the nonprofit Cherryland Humane Society has struggled with both financial woes (including a mortgage debt of over $700,000) and public perception issues (a police investigation into euthanasia procedures at the shelter).
Heidi Yates, hired as the new executive director in May, says she was aware of those challenges when she left the Humane Society & Animal Rescue of Muskegon County to come to Traverse City. In Muskegon, Yates helped her shelter receive a “most improved” award in 2014 from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance for boosting its save rate from 46 percent to 94 percent in one year. Now she’s working on turning around Cherryland Humane Society. For the rest of the story, click here.