Thousands of animals are abused and abandoned, left to fend for themselves every year. But the Humane Society of Young County has taken these animals off the streets, giving them a home. Now, this organization is struggling to keep their doors open and these animals could soon lose a place to go. The shelter is seeing a record number of animals coming in and a sharp decline in donations.
"We are getting an average of 10-25 animals per day. It may seem very small but in a small rural area, it's a huge deal" said Executive Director Kim Baxter.
The shelter takes in an average of 170 pets per month and currently houses about 100 cats and 125 dogs. It costs about $200,000 to operate the shelter annually and about $17,000 monthly.
The organization receives funding from Young County and City of Graham but rely heavily on donations and fundraising. Without the proper funds, the organization will have to shut down as early as next week.
If the facility is forced to close down, the animals would be placed in other available shelters and rescues. However, with the overpopulation problem, many of them will have to be euthanized.
Baxter says right now is a crucial time for the community to lend a helping hand.
"We need adopters. We need people to donate and people to volunteer. There are things on a daily basis that people can do to help out our shelter and all sorts of other shelters by volunteering their time" she said.
The shelter is hoping for a positive outcome that will help save and find a happy home for the animals.
"I don't mind losing my job if it's because there aren't any animals coming through the door. I mind losing my job if it's because we have so many animals and we can't take care of them" said Baxter.
Pet owners should spay and neuter all of their pets in order to help reduce the overpopulation problem shelters are facing.
The organization will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, July 20th from 9AM to noon at Graham's Downtown Square to raise funds.
They will be having a bake sale and offering dog washes with flea and tick dip for $10.
The Humane Society of Young County is located on 120 Craig Street Graham, TX and can be reached at (940) 549-1692. For more information, visit their website at www.humanesociety-yc.org .
You can drop donations off at the location or mail it to PO Box 1342 Graham, TX 76450.
Here is a list of products you can also donate to help:
Wal Mart Gift Cards
Tractor Supply Gift Cards
dry dog or puppy food
canned cat pate