Roof’s up at Foothills Humane Society

Published 4:27 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When the old roof at the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) in Columbus was beyond repair, the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) awarded a $7,000 matching challenge incentive grant. For every dollar raised by FHS in donations for roof replacement, a dollar would be added from the grant. The community rallied to “Raise the Roof” and now, thanks to the PCCF and the many donors, a new roof covers the pets, staff, and volunteers.

Ashley Poblanz, adoption rescue coordinator, and Vessie are just two of the many dogs, cats, staff, and volunteers at the Foothills Humane Society who appreciate having a new roof over their heads. (Photo by Vincent Verrecchio)

Chris Taylor, executive director of the shelter, says, “As a private, non-profit shelter, we rely on donations not just for the roof but for HVAC, painting, facilities maintenance…and as a no-kill facility, there’s healthcare and neutering, food, bedding, and more until we can find a home for every cat and dog. We could not succeed without the generosity of the community.”

Susan Wallahora, FHS board president and long-time foster home for FHS rescues, adds, “We not only want to thank PCCF and the donors but invite them to come see their generosity at work. Check out the roof. Say hello to the staff and…” she adds with only a hint of a smile,  “Hear the thanks from all of the dry dogs and cats.”

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For hours and directions visit or call 828-863-4444. The shelter is located at 989 Little Mountain Rd., Columbus.

– submitted by Vincent Verrecchio