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McKENZIE (July 25) — The Carroll County Humane Society hosted a “Christmas in July” Open House Saturday at the shelter.The event was one of the few since the beginning of the …
McKENZIE (July 25) — The Carroll County Humane Society hosted a “Christmas in July” Open House Saturday at the shelter.
The event was one of the few since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic for the organization, which relies solely on fundraising and donations to operate. The pandemic has hindered CCHS’s ability to both host events and to accept items at the donor’s convenience.
Saturday’s event saw many of the 63 kittens currently in the foster care of CCHS members and other volunteers brought to the shelter, meaning guests seeking a new pet had the pick of several litters.
In an interview with The Banner, CCHS Secretary Laura Martin explained the impact the pandemic has had by eliminating face-to-face events and prompting the need to make donations of items and adoptions by appointment only.
Martin said the shelter’s first attempt at a socially-distanced fundraiser was Bingo, one of the most common and popular events for CCHS. Turnout was poor, and the event barely broke even.
To make matters worse, one of the shelter’s two central air units is in disrepair and needs to be replaced. The unit recently quit working properly, and Anthony Davis of A+ Heating and Cooling determined a motor in the unit was broken. He donated a replacement motor but also delivered the bad news that the entire unit might not make it through the summer. A new unit will cost CCHS $8,500.
A silver lining from the setback is the discovery that some wiring had burned inside a conduit on the building, but had not started a fire which could have engulfed the entire shelter.
Martin said there has been a good response from donors, but more funds are still needed for the unit and for ongoing operating expenses.
The shelter is always accepting dry dog/cat food, canned dog/cat food, toys, bleach, paper towels, Fabuloso or Mr. Clean, kitchen/lawn garbage bags and monetary donations.
Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 384, McKenzie, TN 38201 or call the shelter at 731-352-9950 during regular business hours to make a donation via debit/credit card.