Humane Society looks to recover from pandemic

Humane Society looks to recover from pandemic
The Audrain Humane Society plans to raffle this quilt to make up for potential funding lost when their annual trivia night was cancelled. Showing off the quilt are Kate Keith,Connie Secrease (with Whiskey the dog), Julie Key, Ron Niekamp, Marilyn Niekamp, Barry Knipfel, Cathy Foreman, Andy Baker, Tammy Gibbons, Beverly Tate and Chad Colley. [Dave Faries]
Dave Faries

The pandemic year was a big one for the Audrain Humane Society. Their March trivia night – the organization’s largest fundraiser – benefited from a solid turnout. In addition, the shelter the group supports adopted out a record number of cats and dogs.

But 2021 is shaping up quite differently.

Due to the continued presence of the coronavirus, the Humane Society was forced to cancel the trivia event, which generally nets $4,000 to $5,000. This money goes toward their spay and neuter program, which costs around $40,000 a year.

“That’s our big money maker,” said society president Cathy Foreman.

Their solution to make up this deficit is a quilt raffle – a queen size wool blend piece – they hope will bring in enough at $5 a ticket to match trivia night proceeds. If not, AHS board members are considering other options.

The local Humane Society supports the Mexico Animal Shelter, which is a city-run operation. The society has a contract with the city to place animals in the shelter.

Almost 1,000 dogs and cats are taken in by the facility through AHS each year.

But the spay and neuter program is the organization’s biggest expense. It allows the city to cover the cost of treating every pet adopted from the shelter.

“Back when we started, [feral and stray animals] were a big problem,” observed board member Barry Knipfel. “I like to think the program helped solve the problem.”

At the very least, he added, “the program cuts it way down.”

The quilt raffle drawing will be held on Oct. 4. Tickets may be purchased from AHS board members.


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