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Putting for paws: St. Joe County Humane Society holds annual fundraiser

On Monday, the St. Joseph County Humane Society held their annual golfing event to help keep their facility open.

For the 12th consecutive year, supporters hit the links to raise funds for their furry friends.

Genny Carlson is the Executive Director for the St. Joseph County Humane Society.

“They love what it supports. Not only does it go to the animals but it goes to the people who love and care for the animals too,” said Carlson. 

Since its initial charter in 1886, the St. Joseph County Humane Society has housed anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 animals per year and provided food, shelter and forever homes for pets. 

Don Carlisle is a long-time supporter of the St. Joseph County Humane Society.

“Supporting the animals, a lot of people don’t think they are as important as humans. But they are. It’s a great cause for them, it’s great for the community,” said Carlisle. 

And believe it or not, the expenses at the shelter pile up.

Between maintenance costs, the cost of food, medicine and vaccinations the humane society needs to raise nearly half a million dollars each year to keep the doors open.

“So it’s really important that we have fundraisers like this that are so successful for us so we can continue to grow and continue to reach higher bench marks at the facility. But our biggest challenge is connecting with our community and making sure they understand our mission and have them buy in to coming out and adopting and volunteering or supporting in ways like participating in fundraisers,” said Carlson.

But as long as these drives keep coming, the future looks quite cozy for these four legged companions.

Organizers from the St. Joseph County Humane Society say it’s not about raising a specific dollar amount at the event, but about making long-lasting relationships that last a lifetime.

To donate to the St. Joseph County Humane Society, click here.

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