Humane Society focused on raising funds

Published 11:15 am Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Humane Society of Chilton County is gearing up for its next round of fundraisers.

On Nov. 9, the nonprofit will host Chili Chow and Kennel Karaoke at Hidden Meadows Vineyard. Admission is $10. Chili made by Jemison culinary students and dessert will be served. Karaoke prizes will be given for best male singer, best female singer and best duo/group decided by the audience.

A T-shirt fundraiser is also in the works. During a meeting on Oct. 17, board secretary Amy Nicholas said she had the design and had talked with a local company about doing them. What colors the board wanted the shirts was yet to be determined. Short sleeved shirts will be $20 and long-sleeved will be $25. Pre-orders will be taken in order to get the number needed to place an order. Once colors are decided, the shirts will be available at

An update was given from the Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser that was held on Oct. 12. The organization raised $740 from the event. Board President Lee Helms said the event was a lot of fun and many winners donated the prize money back to the shelter.

Animal Shelter Director Jennifer Fesmire reported that there were 53 dogs and 47 cats in the shelter. During the month of September, 130 animals were brought to the shelter by owners giving them up. Animal control brought in 22 and 66 were brought in as strays. During the same time period, nine animals were adopted, 60 were euthanized and 81 were sent to rescue organizations.

Also during the meeting:

  • Treasurer Kristy Johnson updated the board that the Humane Society had an ending balance of $4,789.72 for September. Johnson said she was in communication with their accountant about getting paperwork finalized for tax purposes, which the shelter received an extension on, and moving to a better bookkeeping model. Some issues have arisen from documents being kept in different places and changing of board members.
  • The possibility of relocating the shelter was discussed. An approximately $2,000 donation has been given to the shelter specifically for constructing a new building. Helms said he would be meeting with someone again about a potential location. Architectural drawings have been completed pro bono for the potential project.