Laissez les bons temps rouler at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley's Annual Fur Ball fundraiser.
"The funds raised, a percentage will go to our medical fund, a certain percent will go towards the operation of the shelter and a certain percentage will go towards our new green shelter," explains Janie Snell, the President of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.
The Fur Ball is one of the shelter's largest fundraiser with all money staying right here in the community.
"It costs anywhere from $25-$30,000 a month to run the shelter," says Steven Herron, the Executive Director of the HSOV. "And that's running ourselves at the bare minimum. Like any other business we have bills that we have to take care of: medication, staff, electric, water, gas, but we have to figure out how to raise that money to do it."
With a large sum to raise, it's a good thing the community feels so passionately about the humane society.
"We're here to support the humane society. Its an organization my wife and I find pretty important. As long as they keep doing what they're doing, we'll keep doing what we can, give when we can," says Troy Phillips, a Fur Ball attendee. "We try to participate when they have events like this and give when we can."
It's that community support that is vital to the HSOV's success and the welfare of the animals they take in.
"Our community has been so wonderful to work with," Snell says. "If we get a call out and we're low on food, or we're low on bleach, or laundry detergent, the community steps up and they have been fabulous."
"Thank you to everyone who supports us," adds Herron. "We appreciate it all. If you didn't hear a thank you, don't think we didn't appreciate it. We appreciate everything."
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