While the pandemic has most of us thinking about our loved ones and how we can care for their needs, some of our “four legged friends” have sometimes been forgotten.
A group of people have joined with Jerry’s West Pizza in Chillicothe to conduct a fundraiser for the Ross County Humane Society.
An event called a “Valentine’s Day Pawty” was held February 14th, where $1,600 was raised.
The group running the event is still taking donations through Saturday, February 20th for anyone wanting to donate money. Funds are being given to the Ross County Humane Society general fund for use as the Society has need.
To contribute, you can contact Jerry’s West, Dave Shoemaker, Kelly Duarte, or Wendy Ratcliffe-Crowe on their Facebook pages for details.
Jenn Thomas’ Facebook post Friday reads “For the first time in history the words ‘I’m sorry we don’t have any dogs available for adoption’ are coming out of our mouths. I know this is what we strive for but… “
A pleasing statement with rare words from the Executive Director of the Ross County Human Society.
During her five years leading the dog shelter, there’s often a proverbial “No Vacancy” sign while being stuffed to the gills with residents awaiting a good home.
Much of that changed when Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order was enacted in March. Families began applying for adoptions and successful matches have left the RCHS with empty kennels.
As of the Mothers Day weekend, there were just eight dogs at the shelter, all matched and awaiting pick up by their new families.
Admittedly, it’s an oddity.
Thomas and her staff know the current circumstance won’t last forever, because there’ll be more dogs in need of rescue in the future. But for now, they’re enjoying the moment.
Early this year, plans were set in place to begin a capital campaign for a goal of $200,000 and a total rebuild of the shelter. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled plans for many, that has also included the Humane Society’s project. Once business returns to a sense of normalcy, they’ll pick the project up again, including raising funds.
Gigi’s recently renovated the shelters in Jackson and Lawrence Counties and has Ross County next on their list with construction planned for next month. Thomas says considering the economic crunch created by the pandemic, she felt coming to businesses for building funds would be inappropriate.
“I’m going to raise the money” she told Litter Media “if I have to do it $5 at a time. When I say I’m going to make something happen, I make it happen… the easy way or the hard way.”
The capital project aside, the Humane Society still operates on donation. Fundraising for the non-profit is an ongoing effort to meet their near $500,000 annual budget. Only about 25% of that budget is met by the Ross County Commissioners for the Dog Warden contract.
Litter Quality Propane’s Operation Whiskers has reached a new milestone of $201,086.91. Operation Whiskers is a program sponsored by Chillicothe based Litter Quality Propane, the parent company of Litter Media.
A portion of every gallon of propane sold is turned into a donation to area animal shelters throughout the Litter Quality Propane service area.
In the photo above you’ll see the shelters which are benefactors of Operation Whiskers.
Litter Quality Propane’s Operation Whiskers has reached a new milestone of $194,540.90. Operation Whiskers is a program sponsored by Chillicothe based Litter Quality Propane, the parent company of Litter Media. A portion of every gallon of propane sold is turned into a donation to area animal shelters throughout the Litter Quality Propane service area. In the photo above you’ll see the shelters which are benefactors of Operation Whiskers.