It’s a sign of the times. After months of struggling to stay afloat, the Humane Society of Putnam County in Greencastle, Indiana is closing its doors forever. The situation left volunteers with the challenge of finding homes for the pets housed there or euthanize them.
Five dogs and 26 cats remained at the HSPC shelter when the decision was made to close the operation by September 30. It gave volunteers only 17 days to adopt the animals or end their lives.
“It’s with extreme sadness that we announce that the shelter will be closing on September 30,” read an announcement on the HSPC website. “We have been instructed that all animals are to be placed by the 30th or be euthanized.”
Amber Harney, a worker with the Humane Society of Putnam County told WTHITV.com, “We have no more funds and we can’t pay our bills. We have a lot of debt.”
HSPC said it costs $7,000 – $10,000 a month to operate their shelter, but donations have decreased by $4,000 – $5,000 a month.
“This year has been such a rough year for all non-profits that rely upon donations, particularly the animal shelters all across Indiana,” HSPC Board of Directors President Kraig Kinney told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic. “It is particularly sad in that we have one of the best executive directors and staff the shelter has seen in its years of operations.”
Even with the poor economy, animal lovers rallied around HSPC once news of the closing made its way through the Greencastle community. Late last week, potential adopters began pouring into the shelter to save the cats and dogs. More than 25 of the animals were adopted by Saturday.
Officials at HSPC were overwhelmed by the response. On Thursday the HSPC website reported, “Thankfully the animals in our care have all been adopted or placed with rescue organizations.”
The group is still accepting donations to cover their costs through the end of the month and pay their debts.
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