CHILTON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Chilton County Humane Society has rebounded since an initial story a few weeks ago. Society leaders say they received a $5,000 check from the City of Clanton and multiple donations from the community, including two checks for $1,000 each!
The recent flush of contributions means the Chilton County Humane Society will be able to pay off its debts and remain open. That future wasn't so certain not long ago. A report in September on the shelter's condition indicated it was overcrowded and deep in debt to the tune of around $15,000. More than $12,000 of that was owed to local veterinarians who said they needed payment or would no longer be able to help.
The facility is only designed to house 100 animals, but on average has more than 200 cats and dogs per month, according to its president, Krystine Gish, and averages around 20 adoptions a month. So far in October it's found homes for more than 60 animals.
The increase in adoptions can be credited to community help, including that of local donor Brian Gwin. He stepped up and sponsored 80 dogs for adoption and all that the adopters have to do is make a minimum donation of $20 to the shelter and pass an approval process. His donation inspired others to donate or offer sponsorships for adoptions.
To help celebrate the turnaround, the society held a rededication ceremony Saturday.
It costs around $20,000 per month to operate the facility, but Gish said she could only bank on around $7,000 per month. There are nearly 50 volunteers who help foster or who donate hundreds of hours of their time to the shelter each month.
Anyone can donate to help support the Chilton Co. Humane Society. You can give by PayPal or credit card at www.chiltoncountyhumanesociety.org or by mailing a check to 139 Shadetree Drive, Clanton 35045.