LETTER: Consider supporting the Humane Society

 

The editor,

The Laurens County Humane Society would like to express how incredibly grateful we are for the community's support and trust in us. The end of 2018 is near and we would like to ask that you consider making a tax-deductible, monetary donation to help us continue to serve the community we love. 

LCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies 100% on donations to remain open. We do not receive any funds from the Humane Society of the United States and we are not affiliated with Laurens County Animal Control - a county run agency funded by tax payer dollars. While we continue to appreciate donations of food and supplies, we desperately need monetary donations to support the day-to-day costs of running our Adoption Center. 
We are the only no-kill facility in Laurens County and we are the only place in the county that accepts kittens and cats. Since we are an Adoption Center, we can only take owner surrender pets, or strays from Animal Control whose five day hold is up. We only have six dog runs and accepting strays that possibly have owners would fill us up with unadoptable dogs and break us. 

We are proud to have been able to stay open for a little over 3 years now, but our reserve funds are quickly running out. Every single animal that enters our facility is vetted before being adopted to their forever homes, and the cost of veterinary supplies and services is a major expense for us. Here is what you get when you adopt from us:

Every dog over six months old is tested for heart worms and heart worm positive dogs are treated at our expense before being adopted
All cats/kittens are tested for feline leukemia
Every pet has a fecal analysis and is de-wormed and treated for intestinal parasites
Pets in our Adoption Center are vaccinated every two weeks until they are 16 weeks of age (adults receive 2 sets of vaccines, 2 weeks apart)
Every pet is spayed/neutered before adoption
Every pet is on monthly flea/tick prevention
Every dog/puppy is on monthly heart worm prevention
Every pet is examined by a veterinarian and the majority require additional prescription medication for various illnesses and infections (ex. antibiotics, eye drops, anti-fungal meds, etc.)
Our adoption fees do not even cover the basic costs of the medical care that we provide to each of our animals. If we had no other bills to pay, we would still be spending more money than we bring in each month. Unfortunately, we do have a long list of other bills to pay each month: utilities, phone/internet, security alarm fees, payroll and payroll taxes, insurance, veterinary services, pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, office supplies, building maintenance/repairs, yard and field upkeep - just to name a few. We are truly a nonprofit organization and we are struggling each month to make ends meet as we continue to deplete our saved funds at an alarming rate.
Your donations are what will allow us to stay open in 2019 and continue saving the lives of homeless pets in our county. If you believe that our no-kill Adoption Center is a necessity in Laurens County, please help to assure our survival by making your tax-deductible donation today. Our mailing address is LCHS, PO Box 1600, Clinton, SC 29325. You can also click on the "donate" button on our Facebook page. 
Thank you for allowing us to serve Laurens County. We are humbled and grateful for your continued support as we remain dedicated to our mission to save as many cats and dogs as we can through our no-kill Adoption Center. 

 

Jill Mechling

Laurens County Humane Society

793 Poplar St.

Clinton, SC 29325

864-833-9060

 

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