More than at any time in history, governmental animal control organizations and animal shelters are going to face the harshest competition for funding. We have entered an era in which the need for human services is going to outstrip the need for animal services. City/County funding is facing a crisis in meeting the needs of the homeless and illegal migrants. Animal shelters are likely to see budget reductions; all the while communities will be demanding increased adoptions. We always looked to donations to fund budgetary deficits, but inflation is reducing the amount that people are able to donate. More than ever, you will need to use your funding wisely.