Society needs your help
up the second phase of a building project at the Ripley County
Humane Society is a goal met thanks to the Rising Sun Regional
Foundation, according to DeDee Holliday, president of the board
of directors at the local animal shelter.
We are so blessed to have this grant, Holliday told
the Osgood Journal.
On the flip side, grants such as the above mentioned one that
allowed the much needed building to house animals in, cannot be
used for day-to-day operating costs. Those costs come solely from
donations, which are down drastically.
Holliday attributes the slowdown to practically no donations to
the sluggish economy. She said the no-kill shelter has been hit
hard during this time. People have lost their homes and left pets
behind, or simply could no longer care for their pets. Its
been real tough, Holliday noted.
Those operating the shelter have done everything they could to
manage the donations as efficiently as possible. They have built
a caretaker home on the property, which generated some revenue
for the shelter. However, when the previous tenant moved, they
left the home in bad shape. We had to fix it, just to rent
it again, Holliday said.
The shelters van for animal transport recently broke down
and could not be repaired, leaving them with the expense of getting
Weve been thrifty, even creative, noted Holliday,
talking about shopping for the best deal possible for a vehicle.
Also, thanks to a handful of volunteers, theyve been able
to fix the rental house and eek by at the shelter.
Staff cuts have been initiated, leaving only a skeleton crew left
to operate the shelter. Those who receive pay, get a minimal amount,
but most helping are strictly volunteer.
We have three people who give on a monthly basis,
Holliday told the Osgood Journal.
Thats it. Three people who bring the needed supplies such
as kitty litter, towels, bleach, Pinesol, shampoo, Dawn dish soap,
toys, chewy treats, and canned dog and cat food.
We cant go on this way, Holliday noted. Her
love for the animals taken in at the shelter is apparent. Tears
streamed down her face as she told the Osgood Journal she
knows there are kind hearted people in Ripley County who will
respond to their need. Weve got good people here,
The facility is presently at full capacity, according to Irish
Stockard of Versailles, who is a stalwart supporter. She
goes above and beyond, Holliday noted, in reference to Stockard.
Stockard commented, Its hard for many people to imagine
what the community would be like without the shelter. With the
shelter taking the large number of animals off the streets of
Ripley County every year - preventing them from breeding and multiplying,
people dont see a problem.
Stockard is passionate about the service the shelter provides
because she sees the results each time she volunteers there -
which is on a regular basis.
During difficult financial times such as the shelter now faces,
the board members and volunteers have donated their own time and
financial resources to keep the operation going.
While Holliday is forever grateful for those people, she knows
the daily operation of a facility of this magnitude cannot be
carried by this small, nearly tapped out, group.
If everyone in the county just gave a dollar, Holliday
pleaded, it would help so much. She said no donation
is too small and can come in the form of money, supplies or volunteer
The shelter is not funded by the county. It has no guaranteed
money flowing into its coffers - just the generosity of the people
who it serves.
All money taken in for adoption fees is absorbed by veterinary
bills to in turn get the animals ready for adoptions. This means
when you pick up your new pet from them, it has been spayed or
neutered, has all its current shots, been thoroughly checked out
by a veterinarian and has a microchip implanted.
So many people feel that they cannot give much therefore
their donation wont count much. Thats just not true,
Stockard noted. She said with the extraordinary operating shortfalls
at the shelter, every dollar counts.
She encouraged people to not think someone else will take care
of it, but to help out yourself.
Jan Barnes, board member and volunteer, noted the shelter has
come a long way under the present leadership. She is proud of
their efforts and sees the daily struggle of helping the helpless
animals who are often left to fend for themselves.
Barnes is proud of the no-kill shelter and says it cannot be compared
to the government run kill shelters. It also saves Ripley County
taxpayers a lot of money, since it isnt operated by the
The duties performed by a few people benefit the county as a whole
as these dedicated volunteers and minimally paid staff carry out
their duties day in and day out.
There are no breaks from taking care of the animals. They are
fed and watered and interacted with daily.
For those looking at adoptions - now is the time. The shelter
has a wide variety of friendly faces just waiting for a loving
family to take them in.
For more information you can visit the shelter at 1202 W. CR 150
N, Osgood. It is located off US 421 between Versailles and Osgood.
You can send donations to the above address as well.
Remember, if everyone did something, it would lighten the load
and keep a much needed service operating smoothly.