Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In April, the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties awarded the Herkimer County Humane Society a much needed grant of $8,000 to replace 32 kennel gates that had deteriorated since their original installation. Due to the continuous cleansing of these kennels with water and chemicals, rust had developed and this was a danger to both the animals and the people who came in contact with the gates. The replacement gates had to be individually constructed to fit the existing interior and exterior kennels. This work was completed in late May, and some of the removed gates will be used to create covers for some of the kennels. This grant has been instrumental in keeping these 32 kennels operational so that the HCHS can accommodate the many homeless dogs in its community.
At the same time, the Staffworks Charitable Fund awarded the Herkimer County Humane Society a very generous $10,000 grant. This grant arrived just as the many litters of puppies and kittens started coming to our shelter. Since we no longer allow the adoption of kittens or puppies without them having been spayed/neutered, this grant allowed us to prevent countless unwanted litters in the future. It has also allowed us to purchase bulk medications for our many homeless animals at great savings. In these tough economic times, it is difficult to make ends meet in a small nonprofit such as the HCHS, so we are deeply indebted to the Community Foundation and the Staffworks Charitable Fund for coming to our aid so that we can continue our mission of caring for abandoned animals until we can find them their forever homes. These grants truly do make our community a better place to live.