This passel of kitties along with more than a hundred other kittens and adult cats are well-socialized and ready for adoption from the Humane Society of
This passel of kitties along with more than a hundred other kittens and adult cats are well-socialized and ready for adoption from the Humane Society of Young County. Just $1 buys food for them and several other cats sharing their cat room for three days. (Cherry Rushin)
What would become of all the stray, abandoned and abused animals in Young County without the Humane Society?

Executive Director Kim Baxter said residents might soon find out.

“We are desperately close to shutting our doors,” she said. “We need money. This is a two-week decision.”

The Humane Society of Young County is facing record numbers of animals coming in and a sharp decline in donations. Since Jan. 1, the shelter has received more than 900 animals. They currently have about 150 dogs and at least 100 cats, Baxter said.

HSYC Board President Linda Felderhoff said it costs about $200,000 to operate the shelter annually. The shelter receives $17,500 from Young County and $34,000 from the City of Graham.
This dog was abused and shot before being rescued and coming to live at the Humane Society of Young County. HSYC is in great need of funding to continue
This dog was abused and shot before being rescued and coming to live at the Humane Society of Young County. HSYC is in great need of funding to continue identifying and providing shelter to animals treated cruelly. (Cherry Rushin)
They rely heavily on donations and fundraising.

The Humane Society will be hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Sat. July 20 on Graham's Downtown Square.

“We're going to have a fill-the-truck fundraiser,” Baxter said. “We'll offer dog washes with a flea and tick dip for $10 and have a bake sale.”
Some items they're hoping donors will fill the truck with include cat litter, kitten chow, bleach, toys, dog treats or chews, Fabuloso all-purpose cleaner, Walmart or Tractor Supply gift cards and, of course, food. The items are just suggestions, Baxter said Anything pet-related will be appreciated.

To make a donation to the Humane Society of Young County now, send to HSYC, PO Box 1342, Graham, TX, 76450.

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HSYC is also looking for volunteers to fill several needs in addition to fundraising.

To read the complete story, see the July 14 edition of The Graham Leader.