Editorial: A big win for animal lovers
Animal lovers got the new year off on a good foot — or paw or claw — as the Columbia-Greene Humane Society ended 2020 on a high note.
In the beginning of December, the organizaton’s president, Ron Perez, announced the shelter would have to raise $10,000 by the end of the month to keep essential services going through the winter months. The shelter was also overwhelmed with a record number of pet surrenders due to owners losing their jobs or having to relocate to a residence where pets were not allowed, Perez said.
The community came through in a big way. The Humane Society received more than $28,000 in donations in December. A friend and lifelong supporter of the shelter promised to match the first $10,000 raised, which he did.
With the match, the Humane Society ended up raising more than $38,000.
That’s nearly triple what was needed and will go a long way toward keeping essential services, including the low-cost veterinary clinic and pet food bank, operating well into the spring. Pet adoptions were way up throughout December as well.
The shelter announced early in the month adoption fees would be waived until the end of the year. During the month, the Humane Society found homes for more than 82 cats, 14 dogs and 14 small animals like rabbits.
Cash donations ranged from one donation of $5,000, to numerous contributions of $100, $250, $25 and many smaller donations of $5 or $10.
People gave what they could afford and all donations are appreciated. More than 100 community members made donations throughout the month, which added up to more than $28,000. The year has been a financially challenging one, but the generosity of donors has helped a great deal.