New River Humane Society now raising majority of own funds after county wide budget cut

New River Humane Society now raising majority of own funds after county wide budget cut


Riley The New River Humane Society is facing a financial crisis following major budget cuts to the Fayette County shelter. Riley 59 News Reporter Reporter Regina Gonzalez is live in the newsroom with more details, Regina? REGINA Riley, staff members say their usual donation to the shelter for employee salaries was cut in half, and now they are working to raise the majority of their own funds. Take a look. Nat pop of barking. More than 2,000 animals a year go in and out of the New River Humane Society in Fayetteville…. longing for families to adopt them into a happy home. Until that day comes, it’s the staff who work around the clock to care for them. In March …they got some shocking news regarding their payroll support from the County Commission.. SOT- NICOLE HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW RIVER HUMANE SOCIETY What we were preparing for was got some shocking news regarding their payroll support from the County Commission.. SOT- NICOLE HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW RIVER HUMANE SOCIETY What we were preparing for was mewhe ound a 20% cu somhg hievae we could obtn and then what ppened was we alized from 1000 the were going to reduce that $65,000 for our pay roll support. With the size of their staff, that was 65% pay cut. SOT- NICOLE HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW RIVER HUMANE SOCIETY Since June, the County Commission found about $41,000 to add to the $65,000 so we’re still at about a 51% total salary cut. Harris stresses that the shelter is used to running on a $400,000 budget to go towards vet bills…rescue and foster programs…and supplies. This budget cut is forcing them to independently raise money for the shelter…and to adopt as many animals out. SOT- MICHELLE RISER, volunteer/ event coordinator Trying to place animals so there are less animals here to house, shelter and vet and feed because obviously that takes money for each animal that’s here..we’ve been working the adoptions, doing raffles, going to city council meetings to ask them to place us on their contribution list in their budgets. Riser adds..if they don’t meet financial standards,..the New River Humane Society could be forced to pull out as soon as September, leaving shelters to be run by the city. REGINA We did reach out to the County Commission office and have not heard back. Harris says they are in no way blaming the Commission for the budget cut. They are working together to find financial solutions. REGINA For now, reporting live in the newsroom, Regina Gonzalez, 59 News. Riley, back to you. Riley And we certainly hope they do come up with a solution. Regina, thanks for

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