The Monroe County Humane Association is feeling the effects of a down economy. If donations do not increase CEO Sarah Hayes says the shelter may have to cut programs and staff.
“We’ve budgeted for a planned deficit for the last two years at about $10,000 a year dipping into our reserves and we set a threshold of how far we’re willing to go into our reserves. We could potentially be $30,000 in a deficit this year if donations don’t pick up,” Hayes says.
It takes about $250,000 per year to fund the organization. Hayes says although the situation is bad, it could be worse.
“There will be 30 counties in Indiana with no shelter and no animal control and Bloomington being a hub and one of the better areas for animal welfare are really relied upon for a lot of things even outside our county,” she says.
A fundraiser “run for the animals” is scheduled for October 2.