Humane Society of Johnson County pleads for donations to stay open

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JOHNSON COUNTY – It rescues hundreds of animals every year, but now the Humane Society of Johnson County is pleading for donations to keep its doors open.

Janet Gorrell, board president for the Humane Society, told FOX59 it could run out of money very soon.

“If next year, in six months, at the beginning of the year, in May, we have to close our doors… the animals are the ones that are going to suffer,” she said.

The nonprofit runs on about $150,000 a year which is mostly made up of grant money and donations. However, donations are dwindling and that money helps pay to keep the lights and heat on.

On top of that the building has a failing septic system and a barn without heat so it needs more volunteers to provide foster homes for dogs.

“We would like to save more dogs but we don`t have a lot of the fosters to foster outside of the humane society,” said Gorrell.

With everything it does for the community – adoptions, a pet pantry, and low-cost spay and neuter procedures – the Humane Society hopes the community will rescue it from closing.

“The things that we do in the county for the animals and the things that we provide are just, to me, priceless,” said Gorrell. “We are just reaching out to the public and asking for help.”

The facility is also looking for more board members. If you’re interested in helping or want to see their wish list, click here.