Adopt-A-Thon benefits shelter

Parents could barely pull their children away from the fuzzy kittens and licking dogs.

The Humane Society of Moffat County hosted an Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday at Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply to attract adoptive families and raise money for the organization.

"We've had an awful lot of interest," Sandy Feeney of the Humane Society said.

The group started locally two years ago, and Feeney said she is pleased with its progress.

"For being such a young organization, we really have done an awful lot," she said.

A month ago, the group earned its 501(c)(3) charitable organization designation, meaning the group can apply for grant money.

"That was a big hurdle to get through," Feeney said. "I was so excited to finally realize something."

That's one more step toward a no-kill Humane Society shelter in Moffat County. Feeney expects the shelter to cost $100,000 for land and $300,000 for the facility.

Right now, much of the group's proceeds go toward fees to send animals that are not adopted locally to other shelters in the state. However, the Humane Society was recently added to the Denver Dumb Friends League, which does not charge for transfers.

Feeney said the group plans to put out the Pet Mates Calendar again, which features local animals. Contest entries are accepted June 1 through mid-July, with the top 24 pets voted on during the Moffat County Fair in August.

Last year, the group sold 225 calendars of the 500 copies printed, it and donated 100 to Sunset Meadows residents.

Feeney said she hopes the project is more successful this year.

For more information about the Humane Society, call 870-7500. For information about adopting a pet, call McCandless Animal Hospital at 824-5964.

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