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February 6, 2014

Humane Society board members to spend a day in the kennels

ANDERSON — Madison County Humane Society Board Members will host “A Day in Their Paws” on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The board members have challenged themselves to raise funds as well as promoting awareness of the lives of more than 100 dogs and cats who are cared for by the shelter. Board members will be “locked up” inside kennels and cages of dogs and cats for up to 24 hours, to raise awareness and to raise funds for the important cause of homeless animals.

In difficult economic times, families are often faced with the choice of whether they feed their children or feed their pets. Often pets are turned into the Humane Society, or picked up on the road and delivered to the facility as strays.

“A Day in Their Paws” has attached a $1 amount for each minute of the day that board members spend in the “paws” of the dogs and cats. Each board member has a goal of raising $1,440 for their own participation in “A Day in Their Paws.” The shelter is also hoping for corporate sponsors, and is working toward this being a $20,000 fundraiser.

The Madison County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 organization and is completely funded by donations and fundraising. This is a no-kill shelter – animals are cared for until adopted.

In 2013, the shelter took in 500 animals and adopted out 478. Many animals have “carried over” from year to year, and the shelter’s longest-time resident, a German shepherd mix named Maggie, has been cared for by the Humane Society for 17 years. While Maggie’s case is the exception rather than the rule, several dogs and cats have spent most of their lives in this shelter environment. The goal of the shelter is to bring companionship to both the animals and to the people who adopt them.

The public is invited to visit the board members and the animals they serve between noon and 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 at 2219 Crystal St.

Donations can be sent to the shelter by check, or through PayPal on the shelter website or on its Facebook page. If you want the donation to go to a particular board member, enter that name under the comments.

— The Herald Bulletin

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