Wednesday, September 5, 2012
For the last week, callers to the Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) have been greeted with less than pleasant news.
The humane society is not able to take on and house new or stray animals until December due to a lack of funding, according to president Sandy Corbet.
“We decided this week, and we have a meeting tonight because we’re not getting donations,” said Corbet. “We’ve got about $57 in donations last month, and our vet bill was $1,600. I keep doing rescue and keep doing rescue, but... I’ll commit to the amount I said I could, but I have (so many) animals and no money to help.”
CCHS operates through the help of volunteer fosters. Corbet herself has played host to six foster dogs in addition to her own Great Danes over the summer. The money goes toward the society’s vet bill, which covers spaying and neutering of animals, shots and any other medical care animals need.
Corbet said that donations have been down severely, even from some consistent, longtime donors. Part of the problem, she said, was that many people were confusing the county humane society with Fulton’s animal control department. Donations have fallen short coinciding with Garrett Animal Shelter’s fundraising campaign to build a new shelter — to which CCHS would not have access to bring rescued animals.