Fundraising for Heart Surgery | News

The Scott County Humane Society (SCHS) is making progress with plans to build a new adoption center and fund special surgery for one of its adoptive dogs, though more donations are still needed. Carrie Thayer Cardwell, SCHS development advisor for the adoption center project, said they have raised $325,000 of the $675,000 needed for the new adoption center. Cardwell says they are ready to send out a tender to the architects and hope to launch the project this spring. She said they are currently planning the next stage of fundraising which will include donor outreach and possibly a COVID-safe event.

The plans for the new 5,000 m². The building includes specialized rooms to isolate quarantined and sick animals, areas for animals to access the outdoors, space for potential adopters to meet available animals, and a separate area for small animals such as rabbits and hamsters. A new reception area will help the Humane Society administer community support services like its pet food bank and low-cost neutering and neutering program. The new adoption center was made possible by a large bequest that enabled the Humane Society to purchase 4.5 acres of land.

The Humane Society houses a small number of cats and small animals at their current facility, but most of their cats and all of their dogs live in foster homes where they are cared for by volunteers. Even with the new center, the Humane Society will continue to be a foster-based organization.

The new adoption center isn’t the only project the humane society needs funds for – in addition to its normal veterinary expenses of $10,000 a month, the humane society is trying to raise money for heart surgery for $4,000 for one of his foster dogs. Canine program coordinator Sarah Dawson said Ohana, a two-year-old pointer mix, had a hole in her heart. According to Dawson, the operation has a very high success rate, and thanks to it, Ohana will be able to lead a completely normal life. So far they have raised $598 for the operation. Ohana is currently not advertised for adoption due to her heart condition, but a video of her is available on the News-Graphic Youtube channel under the Adoptable Pet playlist. “Ohana means family in Hawaiian and that’s who we are at the Scott County Humane Society, a family caring for our fur babies,” said Dawson, who is asking the community to donate to help Ohana undergo the operation she needs to live a long life. , happy and healthy life.

2021 statistics for the SCHS:

—863 adopted cats and kittens;

—229 dogs and puppies found homes;

—Over 250 families received food for their animals from the Pet Food Bank;

—812 neutered or neutered community cats.

Ways you can help fundraising efforts:

— Spread the word. Tell your friends and family about the new adoption center. See sc4paws.org for details;

—Follow SCHS on Facebook and SHARE their posts on the Adoption Center;

—If you’re a business owner — put a donation box, fundraiser or “Rally for Homeless Animals” campaign in your store. (Ask each customer if they would like to “round up” their purchase for the new Scott County Humane Society Adoption Center)

—Sponsor a brick ($250) or a room.

To make a specific donation to either fundraiser, donate online at SC4paws.org or send a donation to Scott County Humane Society POX Box 821 Georgetown, KY 40324 and note “adoption center or “Ohana” in the notes.

Be sure to watch the adoptable pet videos on the News-Graphic Youtube channel (including a video of Ohana.)