It has been a busy year at the shelter. Our current Pres. is a hands on get it done kind of guy. With his persistence we were able to begin construction on our cat and dog shelters. In March, 2013 we opened our doors to a newly built cat shelter. We have a wonderful, bright facility with lots of light, cat scratching posts, wooden boxes with ladders for them to cozy up in. The volunteers also love the happy atmosphere. We also just broke ground at the same location to erect our dog shelter. It will have dog runs where they can play which is not possible at our current outdoor kennel situation. We are actively holding fundraisers to obtain the funds needed to complete the building. It is a very exciting time for our small, volunteer run, with private funding only. I have been working for ten years and I hope I can double the volunteer hours.
I have been working hands on with the animals for nine years. We are an aging group, and always looking for new, younger people to commit to caring for our homeless animals. It is my passion to help God's animals be well fed, rehabilitated, find homes and live happy lives. Fostering is a fun way to help the dogs and cats be ready for their forever home. I work with the volunteers in many capacities, bake sales, fundraising by selling chicken dinners, to lavish parties. We help those animals that are discarded, although they are all precious in our eyes. The Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc. is solely supported by private funds. We get no assistance from the County or City. It makes for a huge challenge, but we are working through it with very dedicated people.
I have been a volunteer since 2009. I'm currently the Chair, Care & Feed. This is the best job I have ever had. Everyone involved are volunteers. Our care with all dogs begins with a visit to the vet for shots and any other medical care needed. The dog go to the pens or to a foster home. We have adoption every Saturday. All our funds are through donaton. We received no money from any governmemt agenies.
I answered the call for a substitute for someone for Monday Mornings. That was 2 1/2 years ago. I never thought I would be picking up poop when I retired. I clean up after my furry friend, walk them, rescue them. My own dog 13 years old passed away in July 2011. My wife and decided not have another dog. We did decide to foster dogs until they got adopted. We fostered a dog I helped rescue. That was 6 months ago and Carly is still here (forever). Second to the dogs, is the people I have met and worked with. You never see sad people when working with the dogs. Many people help in different ways. A better group you will never meet. John R. V.P.
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