Chilton County Humane Society could close for lack of funding

CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The Chilton County Humane Society is in deep financial trouble, and it needs the public’s help to keep the doors open. More than 200 dogs and cats are housed at the Clanton facility, and many of them could end up on the streets if the shelter closes.

“Could you imagine every single animal that you’ve seen today out on the streets? If we’re not here, that will continue to grow and grow,” said Krystine Gish, President of the Chilton County Humane Society.

Last month, things got so dire for the shelter, animals had to go without medical care because there wasn’t enough money to pay veterinary bills.

“As of last week, we were looking at closing the doors,” said Gish.


Mayor Billy Joe Driver gave the shelter a $5,000 check to keep that from happening, said Gish. She says it’s enough to pay some outstanding debts and keep the lights on, but the shelter will need a lot more to stay open.

The Chilton County Humane Society gets about $30,000 each year in funding from the Chilton County Commission, according to Gish. She says she is asking the commission to kick that contribution up to about $80,000 annually.

The commission is expected to take up the proposal at its meeting in September.

Shelter officials say the best way you can help is to adopt a pet yourself. If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can call the shelter at (205) 755-9170 or visit the website here.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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