The volunteers of the Humane Society of Moffat County: Humane Society help
To the editor:
The volunteers at the Humane Society of Moffat County would like to take a moment and explain who we are and what we do. First, we would like to clarify that we are not affiliated with any national organization (Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, etc.). We are a local, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that was founded by local residents in 2002 with the goal of decreasing the number of animals that were euthanized at the Craig Animal Shelter, which still remains our primary focus and greatest expenditure. So please be aware that any donation made to any national organization stays within that organization, and any donations made to the Humane Society of Moffat County stays in Moffat County. We are also not the Craig Animal Shelter; however, we provide assistance to the shelter in many ways. As previously stated, our biggest expense goes toward saving the dogs and cats at the Craig Animal Shelter who are in danger of euthanasia if they are not adopted or transferred to another shelter. Approximately 600 animals are impounded annually in our local shelter. Out of those animals for 2012, less than 6 percent were euthanized, versus in 2001 before the Humane Society was started, the euthanasia percent was 35 percent. When funds allow, we try to extend help to the community with various other programs such as hardship assistance and a spay/neuter program, which recently was discontinued once grant funds were exhausted. HSMC is completely dependent on fundraising and receiving grants and donations. We are also an all-volunteer organization with a few people donating hundreds of hours of their time every year. HSMC meetings are open to the public and currently are held the second Monday of every month at the Holiday Inn of Craig, and we invite anybody to come join us or learn more about us. Thank you to everyone who supports HSMC with donations or volunteer time. These programs would not be possible without the support of our community.
The volunteers of the Humane Society of Moffat County
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