Foothills Humane Society fundraiser raises over $17,000

Published 11:40 am Monday, November 6, 2023

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FHS partners with Florida-based organization Jordan’s Way in exciting event


COLUMBUS — On Saturday night from 6-9 p.m., Foothills Humane Society joined forces with Florida-based organization Jordan’s Way to raise funds for the shelter. The online fundraiser event exceeded expectations by raising nearly $18,000 in over three hours, surpassing their initial goal of $15,000.

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Kris Rotonda founded Jordan’s Way to raise funds for animal shelters and to honor his rescue dog who passed away due to cancer. He has since appeared in People magazine, on the Hallmark Channel and in numerous news stories nationwide. The event was streamed live on Facebook from the Foothills Humane Society’s page.

“I love what I do and continue to do this for my girl Jordan,” Kris said. “This journey is far from over for me, and I cannot wait to see everyone again next year. And don’t forget that you can continue to donate and support the Foothills Humane Society over the next few days by donating on social media or through its website.”

The fundraiser ended up being a huge success, with the FHS team going to great lengths to make the event fun for all. Executive Director Kat Hamilton got slimed, FHS President Carol Parker took a whipped cream pie to the face and other staff members spent the night in kennels. The dogs also enjoyed whipped cream, peanut butter treats and plenty of attention in person and online. 

Participants had the chance to win prizes by taking part in fun challenges and could make donations to help reach the goals set by Kris throughout the evening. One of the prizes available was a three-night stay at Noble Dog Lodge, donated by Foothills Board Member Alex Goins.

“This is a great event, and Noble Dog Lodge is glad to provide our support for Foothills,” said Goins.

The event also received support from Red Bell Run and Tryon Horse & Home Realty. Purrrfect Bark of Columbus, owned by Laura Backus, donated $20 gift cards for use at the store.

“I think this is a fabulous way to raise money and bring attention to the Humane Society,” said Gina Price of Purrrfect Bark, who used to volunteer at the Foothills Humane Society.

“We try to do a variety of different fundraisers,” said Hamilton. “When we reached out to Jordan’s Way, we thought it might be a longshot. However, he got back to us rather quickly and said he could do it. The only catch was we only had two weeks to prepare, and our staff and volunteers really stepped up to get everything ready.”

To donate to the Jordan’s Way fundraiser or volunteer at FHS, visit