Humane Society focused on fundraising

Published 3:40 pm Friday, August 3, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Humane Society of Chilton County raised $450 during a recent fundraiser with Bertolone Italian Cafe through cake sales and donations.

The fundraising total was announced at the board of directors meeting on Aug. 2.

Other fundraisers are also in the works, including a golf tournament in September and Bark in the Park in October.

The golf tournament will be Sept. 8 with an 8:30 a.m. tee time. Registration fee will be $50 per person in four member teams. This includes green fees, golf cart and lunch.

The Humane Society has been applying for grants, but has yet to receive any.

For more information, contact the animal shelter at (205) 755-9170.

During the Aug. 2 meeting, new Treasurer Connie Powell gave the financial report that $5,163 was in the Humane Society’s bank account. With it being her first official meeting, Powell said she had several questions and was still gathering information. She said when she accessed the Square account, which the organization uses to take credit cards at the shelter and fundraising events, there was $19,000 in the account.

There were 270 animals brought to the shelter in July. Of these, 161 were by pet owners, 86 were strays, one was a returned adoption and 20 were from animal control. Acting Director Jennifer Fesmire said the Sheriff’s Office also brought in two donkeys. There were 144 that went to rescue organizations, 10 were adopted and 85 were euthanized.

The board approved hiring a part-time employee.

Fesmire and fellow employees Donna Deavers and Lauren Burke will be completing euthanasia training in preparation for certification.

The Humane Society also has an opening on the board for a vice president, following the resignation of Kristi Hyche.

“We appreciate what Kristi has done for the HSCC and wish her well,” Board President Lee Helms said.

Helms said he is looking forward to recommend to the board for approval.

The hope is to have the building upgraded to meet state requirements to do euthanasia on site rather than having to transport them to a vet.

The Humane Society also approved changing the meeting day to the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Chilton/Clanton Public Library.