Roice Hurst May Be Forced to Close, Asking for Community's Help

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The Roice Hurst Humane Society has served the Grand Valley for more than 40 years, but unless it receives donation that could come to an end in just days. It announced this week it is completely broke and now employees are doing everything they can to raise money.

They say they only have enough money to stay open for two more weeks, and they're asking for your help.

Saturday was supposed to be a fun day of pets and pizzas in the park, but what started out as a community outreach event became an event to reach out to the community for help.

"That's all we're looking to do right now," said Kathy Haack, officer manger of the Roice Hurst Humane Society. "Save these animals and save the building."

The staff of the Roice Hurst Humane Society says three days ago, they received crushing news. The Western Slope's only no kill animal shelter was operating more than $20,000 in the hole and would likely have to close.

"Gas, energy, utilities food -- everything is just outrageously expensive this year," said Jennifer Key, manager of the Roice Hurst Humane Society.

Roice Hurst takes in hundreds of animals every month but receives no funding from city, county, or state. They must cover operation costs through donations, fundraisers, and pet adoptions.

"We would like to continue serving the community and we want to have a place for these animals to go," said Key.

Employees say the animals are their driving force as they fight to keep the shelter open. They say Roice Hurst takes care of many old, handicapped, and special needs pets and they don't want to think about what would happen should the shelter close and the animals be relocated.

"They would probably be euthanized immediately and others would be on the short list," said Haack.

Employees say they were out in full force at a Saturday fundraiser to make sure that doesn't happen, as was one local business.

"It's sad to see because it's an area that's forgotten," said Scott Bialkowski, General Manager of Old Chicago.

Old Chicago was on site selling beer and pizzas, with all proceeds going to the society. Employees say they were selling pizzas as fast as they came out of the oven and made more than $900 in beer sales.

"It's nice to get out here on a beautiful day and help support that," said Bialkowski.

Roice Hurst says that support is just what it needs.

"If we get a dollar from everyone in the county, we could stay open for the rest of the year and not worry about it," said Key.

"We're on bended knee," said Haack. "Please help."

Roice Hurst says it would appreciate anything the community can give, whether it be money, supplies, or pet food.

Employees say donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 3320 D 1/2 Road in Clifton. To learn more about how you can help, visit the society's website by clicking on the link below, or call them at (970) 434-7337.