New River Humane Society holds live adoption fundraiser after budget cut threatens future of Fayette County Shelter

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On Sunday afternoon, dogs and cats were available for adoption at a live adoption fundraising event in front of the Crossroads Mall’s Petsmart.

After Fayette County suffered a county wide budget crisis, the usual donation to the shelter for employee salaries was cut by 65 percent, forcing the Humane Society to now raise a lot of money on their own.

New River Humane Society volunteer and event planner Michelle Riser said county commission is working to pull additional funding. But if they do not meet certain financial standards, the doors to the shelter could close as soon as September.

“All the animals in the shelter now, which is approximately 150 cats and kittens and just under 60 dogs and puppies — the ones that we are able to locate to other shelters that are sent to rescue — will unfortunately have to be euthanized,” Riser said.

If not interested in adopting at the moment, the shelter is also looking for food, toy, and accessory donations that can be brought to their Fayette County location and Petsmart at the Crossroads mall. Riser said the shelter is also always looking for people to volunteer their time to play, walk or even take animals home for sleepovers to get them out of the shelter for a night.

The shelter’s next fundraiser will be held at Monkey’s Uncle in Fayetteville on July 13.

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