Humane Society becomes debt free

Published 2:53 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Humane Society of Chilton County celebrated a milestone during its meeting on Feb. 21 with the announcement of all debt being paid off.

“We have awesome donors,” Renee Helms of the Humane Society of Chilton County said.

In a previous meeting, President Lee Helms had stated the organization had been $100,000 in debt three years ago.

Board members expressed their joy and appreciation at the announcement.

The announcement was made during the financial report, which also stated the organization had $25,825 on hand.

Electing officers for the board was postponed because new candidates for board positions had withdrawn their application prior to the meeting.

The Humane Society is specifically searching for candidates to fill the secretary and treasurer positions.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should email a resume and position they are interested to

The treasurer will “handle the finances for the HSCC, maintain and record deposits, receive and maintain copies of all bills and receipts, and disperse all funds of the HSCC as designated by the Board of Directors. Records are to be maintained in file cabinets at the shelter for easy access to all board members and the director,” according to board information. The treasurer also develops the budget for the organization that is voted on by the full board.

During the month of January, the shelter received 237 animals. There were 22 adoptions and 146 were sent to rescue organizations.

Also during the meeting, Shelter Director Jennifer Fesmire gave an update on the puppy room renovation and showed a photo to the board. The floor is now the same quality that veterinarian offices have.

“It looks amazing,” Fesmire said.

The new flooring will help prevent the potential spread of parvo from infected puppies.

“You are going to have parvo come in regardless, but (now) you are not going to have parvo seeping into the concrete getting your next litter and your next litter,” Fesmire said.

The epoxy used to seal the floor will also hold up to the cleaner required.

The board also scheduled a Bow Wow Bingo event for April 4 at the Clanton Country Club from 4-6 p.m.