The Roice–Hurst Humane Society says it's been hit hard by the economic downturn.
With more than 150 animals currently in the shelter, and monetary donations sliding, they say they need all the help they can get.
To help meet their needs, Roice-Hurst just launched a fund drive called "Dollars for Dogs – Cash for Cats".
Their goal is to raise $100,000 by November 20.
The easiest way you can help is to stop by one of five local businesses participating in the fundraiser, and buy a paw for just $1. (See below for a complete list of participating businesses.)
“Every year you notice that they’re really begging for money out here, and I think it’s a great way to give back to the community, by noticing those that maybe go unnoticed," says Scott Bialkowski, general manager of Old Chicago’s, which is one of the businesses participating in the fund drive.
The money raised will help go to the costs of running the shelter, medical treatment for the animals, and basic care for the pets. The shelter will also be taking in-kind donations of food to help feed the animals.
Below are other events that will be held over the next few months during this fall fund drive:
- PetSmart (Sept. 11-13)
- Rock Jam – donate cash or food tickets at Alpine Bank ticket booths (Sept. 12)
- City Market Clifton (Sept. 12)
- Bellco Credit Union Grand Opening (in old Bear Rock Café bldg – next to Johnny Carino’s) (Oct. 9)
- Animal Services Expo – Mesa County Fairgrounds (Oct. 10)
- GJ Chamber Business Showcase (Oct. 27)
- “Once Upon a Christmas” craft show at Two Rivers (Nov 27-28)
- Winterfest - Main Street GJ (Dec. 5)
- Alpine Banks in Mesa County
- Fisher’s Liquor Barn
- Bellco Credit Union
- Dare to Care (on North Avenue)
- Old Chicago’s Restaurant