“Nobody wanted to see it fail,” he said. “We worried about the animals.”
The meeting last week brought out a lot of new faces and some familiar volunteers who still want to be involved.
“We wanted to see if there was enough interest in a core group to keep another humane society, or rescue group going for this area,” Dunlavey said. “There is plenty of need in this area.”
Starting over would mean establishing a new group, new name and filing for nonprofit status with the state.
There would be a lot of preliminary administration work to get done, including finding new ways to raise money and support.
Martha Adamovich of Salem Animal Rescue League offered her organization’s support if and when a new group tries to start in this area.
“Anyway we can join together, we are willing to open our doors,” Adamovich said.
Denise Gendreau is a longtime Greater Derry Humane Society volunteer and used to lead the group’s cat program. She said there are a lot of good ideas and new blood that could help a revived group move forward.
She said having a strong leader this time around would be best, someone with strong managerial skills.
Gendreau credited McCarthy for all her years of service.
“Barbara did a wonderful job for what she did,” she said.
Dunlavey said there is a lot of legal research that needs to happen up front if a new group is going to begin. Making sure there are enough key players in place is also necessary.
“We don’t expect any miracles right in the beginning,” she said. “We want to make sure we have a core group to continue.
That includes thinking outside the box, hearing new ideas and starting fresh.
The group will meet again on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center.