In an attempt to keep its doors open, the Humane Society of Young County will hold more fundraisers.
One of the fundraisers is a silent auction going on now. The silent auction features about 50 items including Texas Rangers tickets with a parking pass, artwork, jewelry, vet services, a Holiday Inn and Pizza Hut pizza package, spay/neuter certificates from Tim Odom, chiropractic sessions, dog grooming, breakfast basket, movie passes, dining passes, a gift certificate from Pam's Health and Nutrition Center and much more.
The auction is located at First National Bank. Those interested can bid on items during regular bank hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Thursday, Aug. 15. Auction winners will be announced from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Tractor Supply.
That same day, the Humane Society will host an adopt-a-thon, offering dogs up for adoption. The event will include a bake sale. Cross Timbers Church will cook hot dogs, and the Young County 4-H will cook hamburgers. Winners need not be present to win.
The Humane Society will also host a drawing for a blanket or a doggie pail. During the month of August, anyone who adopts a dog or cat will be entered into a drawing to win. The cat adoptee winners will receive a blanket from Lone Star Graphics featuring a photo of the cat with its family custom-printed on the blanket. The dog adoptee winner will receive a doggy pail filled with goodies and a deluxe spa from Jitterbugs Grooming. Certificate includes bath, PETicure, trimming all four pads and custom hair styling from tip to tail. The winners will be drawn Friday, Aug. 30.
The fundraisers are for the $17,000 per month it costs to keep the shelter running.
That is why the shelter is hosting more fundraisers — they're still at risk of closing their doors.
To save money, the shelter has let a few employees go. Two more volunteers are headed back to school this year, and Baxter's full-time employee/handyman's last day is Friday. The facility is in need of responsible volunteers to use their abilities — from carpenters to build doghouses to computer-savvy people to help with billing and invoices — anyone who can utilize their talents to benefit the shelter. Of course, they also seek volunteers who will help care for the animals.
Any organization willing to hold a fundraiser for the shelter is welcome to do so. Organizations and businesses need to inform Baxter of the fundraiser so that it is approved, and so that the public will know their money is actually benefitting the shelter. Baxter said that as of July 1, the shelter has taken in more than half of the animals they took in last year.
The Humane Society would rather educate people about getting their pets spayed or neutered and even help out with food to prevent overpopulation of the shelter and so many animals from euthanasia each year.
Responsibility is key when it comes to pets.
Get your animals spayed or neutered to prevent more homeless animals. Those who can't afford to get their pets spayed or neutered may call PETS, an organization that offers low cost spaying and neutering to animals. Those on government support can even get their animals spayed or neutered for free. Call PETS at (940) 723-7387.
Donations and volunteers are needed and welcomed. The Humane Society is even accepting pledges to help care for homeless animals. Businesses or organizations wanting the Humane Society to bring an animal out for adoption for a day or even a week can do that, too.
To donate, volunteer, put on a fundraiser or request an animal for a day to promote adoption, call the shelter at (940) 549-1692.