'Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler' At The Fur Ball

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

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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  • by James Location: Mineral Wells on Feb 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    My question is, if the shelter in Marietta can survive and only charge 30 dollars plus the cost of spay/neuter for a cat, then why does the Parkersburg shelter have to charge 80 dollars plus the cost of spay/neuter? Plus, as was said before, I can go in and adopt my new pet the same day and not have to wait a week or more to get my new pet and not have to put up with the "if you can't afford our exorbitant rates, then you shouldn't have a pet" attitude.
  • by Just say no to the humane society. on Feb 26, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    It's a shame that the humane society isn't more concerned with finding Holmes for there animals. If they would stop taking applications for pet adoptions that take a week or more to approve and do more of a prompt adoption they could save thousands of dollars a month. That would also decrease the number of animals forced to be euthanized.
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      by Joe on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to Just say no to the humane society.
      The cost of medicines, food, and utilities is why dollars are spent, and the reason that fundraisers like the Fur Ball need to happen. Also if people would spay or neuter their pets, there would be no overcrowding in shelters, and that in it's own would decrease euthanization numbers.
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        by Sam on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to Joe
        Thank you Joe, very well said. Perhaps JUST SAY NO would like to work a week in a shelter to see how hard they work trying to place animals in homes. And just for information-it does not take a week to be approved (unless they find out that you do not offer a suitable home) The only animals that are euthanized are the animals that are very aggressive and not suitable to be placed for adoption OR animals that are so sick or hurt that they cannot be healed. What week would you like to volunteer JUST SAY NO?
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      by becky on Feb 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to Just say no to the humane society.
      Adoptions at Humane Society in Marietta DO NOT take a week to process, so you must have us confused with another Humane Society. If there is a lag time, it is only to have the animal vetted fully. As for our euthanization rate, please check out our numbers before you assume the worse. We have one of the lowest rates in not only OHIO but the nation. The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley is located in Marietta and has made enormous strides toward a better shelter in the last 4 years. Volunteer, get involved and you can see first hand what a great job our staff and volunteers do. Sure we have room for improvement and that is something we work on daily. However, adoptions quickly to the right homes is what we are all about!!!!
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        by James on Feb 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM in reply to becky
        Becky, that was my point, why is it at Marietta they can charge less, be nicer and take one day to adopt where they can't do this at Parkersburg? Can someone please explain. BTW I do donate food/money to them on a regular basis. It is a shame I prefer to give/deal with a shelter across the river from me.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to James
          james we thank you for your support Each shelter in each county and state has it's own dynamics and we can only be concerned with how HSOV Marietta operates. We will continue to do the best we can and though sometimes not all agree with how we do things, please know that our only goal is to serve the animals and be here for many years to come
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