Dollars for Dogs, Cash for Cats: Humane Society launches fall fundraiser

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

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)

Participating Businesses:
- Alpine Banks in Mesa County
- Fisher’s Liquor Barn
- Bellco Credit Union
- Dare to Care (on North Avenue)
- Old Chicago’s Restaurant


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  • by Randall Location: Grand Junction,Co. on Sep 8, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    I am saddened to see that the Humane Society is having financial problems again. Like last time, I hope that this community steps up to bat and delivers a home run. It is also sad to see that the amount of pets that they have to take care of has increased. I agree with Marnie, we definitly need more sponsors to help us raise these funds.
  • by Sonya Location: GJ on Sep 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    Thank you Channel 11 and the GJ community! Every dollar counts!
  • by Mary Location: Fruita on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    This is an excellent way where a large number of folks each contributing just $1 (or more!) can result in a great show of community support to Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Everyone can play a role in helping RH to reach its goal of $100,000 by Nov 20th! Almost overlooked in this piece was the donation of over $2000 from Old Chicago as a result of their Pets and Pizza at Lincoln Park benefit as well as other in-house benefits they have completed for Roice-Hurst. Thanks Scott from all of us! (I'm a member of the Roice-Hurst Board!)
  • by Marnie Location: Grand Junction on Sep 7, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    This is a good idea - it gives all of us a way to give - to what is a very important service in a hopefully - evolved - community!! Come on business sponsors - we need more of you on the list!!!!!!
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