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Monroe County Humane Association Hurting for Funding

Monroe County Humane Society needs funds to keep the doors open and programs functioning.

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.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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