FHS launches fundraising campaign for animal programs

Published 9:43 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dogs receiving training prior to adoption paid for by the Sacha Training Fund. (photo submitted by Joyce Cox)

Dogs receiving training prior to adoption paid for by the Sacha Training Fund. (photo submitted by Joyce Cox)

Foothills Humane Society is a local treasure.  Unlike most animal shelters, FHS is an “Adoption Guaranteed” shelter which provides a safe haven for abandoned or lost animals that are brought to FHS. The shelter animals are supported by many unique and often costly programs. These programs produce more attractive and healthy animals for adoption while caring for those who are not immediately adopted. All of this comes with a price tag. FHS is launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign to introduce our animal programs to the local area and to request a financial gift to keep all of these fantastic support systems going.

Here is a brief overview of some of these programs only found at our own Foothills Humane Society:

Annie Rose Fund pays the costs of “senior” shelter animals that need medical attention before they can be adopted.

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Boarding Fund allows FHS to react to emergencies of sickness, weather or overcrowding by removing animals to vets or boarding kennels.

Champ’s Fund helps stray dogs with treatment for heartworms and other medical issues associated with strays, so they can be adopted and become the best they can be.

Foothills Equine Rescue Assistance (FERA) treats and shelters our equine friends in distress.

Keep’em Home Program provides animal food to families in difficulty that would otherwise be forced to give up their pets to the shelter.

Po’Kitties is a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program which provides no-charge sterilization and rabies inoculation for free-roaming cats.

Sacha Training Fund pays for professional trainers to work with abused or undisciplined shelter dogs to socialize them and assist them in becoming well-behaved, and thus more adoptable.

Service Animal Project pairs our shelter dogs with military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Funds received for this project are used for the training and transport of our dogs to “k9s for Warriors” in Jacksonville, Fla.

Transportation Fund helps with the costs of moving shelter animals to rescues.

A direct mail campaign is in progress now. The recipients of the direct mail will receive information about FHS animal programs and donation material. For the public, an even easier way to make a donation is via the FHS website www.foothillshumanesocity.org which is a secure site. A credit card donation at this site can make giving safe and easy. Call 828-863-4444 for more information. Foothills Humane Society is a non-profit, 501c3 animal welfare organization serving the rural foothills of Polk County, North Carolina and Landrum, Campobello and Gowensville in the northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties of South Carolina. FHS boasts an average 98 percent live-release rate, meaning that 98 percent of our animals are adopted into loving homes or transferred to reputable rescue organizations.


-article submitted
by Joyce Cox