Humane society offers new fundraising events

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

JASPER — You don’t have to be an animal lover to get involved with the Dubois County Humane Society.

At least, that’s the idea behind a handful of new fundraising events the organization is launching at the end of the year.

The first new event, scheduled for Dec. 28, is a bar crawl that will transport participants by bus to Woopenheimer’s in Haysville, and Snaps and Headquarters in Jasper. Another new event will be a dance at the Celestine Community Center on New Year’s Eve. Both events are planned as fun ways for anyone to contribute to the organization.

“We’re trying to do a few different things that are fun for people,” said Board President Andrea Hedinger.

When planning the two events, organizers looked for a time of year when there aren’t a lot of community events and focused on fundraiser ideas that other organizations don’t already do. Those goals led the group to settle on events with a celebratory feel to close out the year.

“There’s not a whole lot that goes on New Year’s Eve, so we thought that would be a good night [for the dance],” Hedinger said.

The bar crawl was an event one of the shelter’s volunteers heard about in Indianapolis and wanted to bring to Dubois County.

Participants in the bar crawl will be transported to and from the three locations by bus. The cost is $35 per ticket and includes a souvenir glass. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve dance are $30 per person, and tables of eight can be reserved for $250. Dance tickets include a buffet dinner and live music by Danny Luegers and Friends: Michael Cummings, Phil Oser, Wayne Schulte and Steven Wagler. There will also be a cash bar.

More information and tickets for both events can be purchased on the humane society’s website, http://www.duboiscountyhumane.org. The deadline to purchase dance tickets in Dec. 23.

The humane society will continue to run the fundraisers it has for years, including the golf scramble in the summer and the pet calendar photo contest and sale. Pet calendars for 2020 are still available for purchase, and you can opt to have a calendar delivered as a gift in the Holiday-Gram program, which will send volunteers with shelter dogs into the community to deliver the calendar. Information on the Holiday-Grams is also on the shelter’s website.

The push for fundraising comes as the humane society has seen significant growth in the past five years, nearly tripling the number of animals adopted between 2013 and 2018. According to the website, 202 animals were adopted in 2013 compared to 567 in 2018. So far this year, 473 animals have been adopted.

The organization has also grown from a fully volunteer organization to employing a handful of part-time staff, though volunteers are still essential.

The growth has meant an increase in expenses. Handling so many animals resulted in about $6,000 to $8,000 in vet bills each month, Hedinger said, as every animal the shelter takes in must be spayed or neutered and brought up to date on shots. Any special needs the animals have are also addressed. A common special need is heartworms, and curing that costs several hundred dollars. Animals are also given monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventatives while in the shelter’s care.

“The vet care definitely adds up very quickly,” Hedinger said, adding that the organization is thankful to local veterinarians for working with them and offering services at discounted rates.

Hedinger also noted that the shelter has a high water bill each month, which isn’t surprising considering shelter staff clean about 30 kennels twice a day.

Looking at the years ahead, the humane society hopes to see continued growth, but for that to be possible, more funds will have to be raised. That’s where the new events come in.

“We want to do things that are worth it for people and that they’ll enjoy,” Hedinger said. “Also, in return, we want to be good stewards of their money.”




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