CHILTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Little money. Big Debts. Overcrowding. Those words tell the story of what's going with the Chilton County Humane Society, a shelter that's facing imminent closure as early as two weeks.
Desiree Wilson started her first day Friday on the job as a volunteer.
"I love animals," she said.
While Desiree has an important job sorting out the good dog food from the bad in the outside storage shed, Kristi Hyche has an even bigger assignment: finding ways to keep the place open.
"I hate to say it but we rely heavily on donations because it's everywhere. We're trying to pay the phone bills, the water bills, the list just goes on," says Hyche who is the First Vice President of the Chilton County Humane Society Board of Directors.
The Chilton County Humane Shelter's been down this road before. One year ago the facility was just two days away from closing. One year ago, the city of Clanton came to the rescue with a $5,000 check. One year later, the shelter is facing the same challenge again.
"$20,000 in debt. Our vaccination distributors is one of them," said Hyche.
But Hyche and Wilson say they haven't given up hope, and their faith just might be rewarded. During our visit, one lady agreed to give the shelter portable heaters when the weather eventually turns cold. It was an emotional moment for the two.
"Thank you so much, thank you," Hyche said.
Another donor provided a box of much-needed vaccinations for puppies.
"I have to be optimistic that things will turn around," said Hyche.
"I think they will find what they need," Wilson added.
Kristi Hyche says the shelter receives $7,000 a month from different municipalities in Chilton County, but it covers only the payroll of eight full time and part time employees who are hanging on, hanging tight to the hope for another reprieve.
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