Humane Society plans several holiday promotions, fundraisers

Published 4:19 pm Monday, October 22, 2018

The Chilton County Humane Society is in the works of planning various events for the upcoming months.

Details of these events, which are designed to work in conjunction with the holiday theme over the next couple of months, were released during the Humane Society’s board meeting on Oct. 18.

The first such event planned will be Black Furday, which will be held on Nov. 23 and is a play on words of the commonly used slogan Black Friday that retailers call the day after Thanksgiving.

According to events coordinator Renee Helms, the goal of Black Furday is to promote the adoption of animals with black fur, which have a tendency to be overlooked at times.

The Humane Society is looking for businesses to get involved by sponsoring adoptions of such animals.

Any businesses interested in sponsoring the event can call the shelter at (205) 755-9170.

Another unique initiative is Home for the Holidays, which will allow pets to be adopted on a short-term basis for the Christmas and New Year holidays before bringing them back to the Humane Society.

According to Helms, this will give the opportunity for the animals to get away from the shelter and in a home environment during the holiday season.

Helms also stated that another benefit is that it will allow families to bond with the animals they bring home and hopefully lead to further adoption.

The last of the upcoming events is the Tinsel and Tails fundraiser scheduled for Dec. 8.

It will begin at noon, but a location is still in the process of being worked out.

Santa is expected to make an appearance.

Acting director Jennifer Fesmire read the shelter report for September, which included the Humane Society currently housing 96 animals, 59 dogs and 37 cats.

During the month, the shelter took in 100 dogs and two horses surrendered by their owners, 54 that were strays and 28 brought in by animal control.

Nineteen animals were adopted in September, 92 were rescued, four were returned to their owner and 40 were euthanized.

No animals died in the shelter during the month, which was a stat that received applause from those in attendance at the meeting.

September’s financial statement had a beginning balance of $8,666.22 and an ending balance of $3,140.63.

In other news from the meeting:

  • The board discussed whether or not it would be worth looking into the current options and cost the leave time that the shelter awards its full-time employees. The question was initially raised by Fesmire. “It’s the only perk they get,” Helms said. It was agreed to table the conversation for further discussion.
  • Fesmire informed the board that an increase in prices for spay and neuter drugs will take place beginning in January 2019.
  • The Humane Society received a $2,500 grant from the Chilton County United Way. “I wanted a bright spot to be shared,” board president Lee Helms said.
  • Board secretary Amy Nicholas is in the process of getting Kristi Hyche removed from the Humane Society’s bank account and adding Connie Powell to the account.
  • A decision was tabled concerning Tuskegee University’s interest in partnering with the Humane Society to provide spay and neuter care, while providing experience for its senior students.
  • The Blush and Bingo fundraiser event raised about $1,000 for the shelter.