Community Responds to Financially Struggling Animal Shelter, Still Needs More Help

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Roice Hurst Humane Society says it's completely broke and on the verge of closing its doors for good. This weekend, employees began reaching out to the community for help and say the call is being answered.

Dani Commendador says she couldn't believe what she had heard when she turned on the news this weekend -- employees of the Roice Hurst Humane Society saying they were more than $20,000 in debt and couldn't afford to stay open for more than a few days.

"That was pretty shocking," said Commendador. "We had no idea."

She says the shelter holds a special place in her heart and she didn't have to think twice about helping them out.

"Places like this, no kill organizations are very important to us," said Commendador. "We just wanted to support it."

And so did dozens of others. During a Saturday fundraiser at Lincoln Park, the shelter was able to raise $7,000. That total does not include the money Old Chicago is donating to them. On top of that, employees say they've had a steady flow of people coming to the shelter all weekend, dropping off food and supplies and making monetary contributions.

"We wanna thank everyone, the news stations, the public, the volunteers," said Kathy Haack, officer manager for the Roice Hurst Humane Society. "It's just been wonderful."

The shelter, which receives no city, county, or state funds, says this incredible response should keep its doors open for at least two and half more weeks and make it so employees don't have to purchase any food or litter until next month.

"It's touched our hearts how Mesa County has reached out," said Haack.

But the staff says they're not out of the hole yet. They're still asking for donations and supplies, and are encouraging people to pay the $30 a month to become a society member.

"Everybody can do a little bit, even if it's a can of food," said Commendador.

Roice Hurst says it is planning several more fundraisers for the coming weeks, including one this Saturday at the End Zone in Fruita.

For more information on how you can help, click on the link below.


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