Humane Society Receives Grant For New Van (plus 3 additional news stories)

New Humane Society Vehicle: Rachel and Dennis Hundsdorfer (left), from Bond County Humane Society, pick up a new van for use by the society. It was delivered to the Steve Schmitt Auto Group in Highland and purchased through a grant received from the PETCO Foundation. Representing the car dealer is Adam Hanebrink (right).

Good things have been happening for Bond County Humane Society (BCHS) including the delivery of a new vehicle.

Last May, the humane society submitted a grant request to the PETCO Foundation for a new transport vehicle. It was needed to safely and efficiently expand and meet increasing transportation needs.

The grant was received by the society. An order was placed for the new van at the end of August and it was received last month.

The van has been placed in service to begin helping animals.

It is being used to transport free roaming/feral cats to and from a specialized spay/neuter clinic 75 miles away, transport BCHS shelter animals to and from adoption partner locations to participate in adoption events, transport rescued animals locally for spay/neuter surgery and/or other medical treatment, transport injured or rescued animals protected under wildlife laws to appropriately licensed clinics for treatment and rehabilitation, provide transportation assistance during disaster recovery rescue operations, assist with shelter-to-shelter animal relocation transports, and tranport equipment and supplies to and from numerous community programs, fundraising activities and BCHS facility projects and maintenance.

To be considered for the PETCO Foundation grant, the society had to demonstrate its mission to raise the quality of life for pets and people who live and need them.

The four requirements were to create responsible pet owners, reduce the number of animals euthanized, rescue animals in crisis, and rehabilitate behavioral issues in pets.

The grant funds not only were enough to purchase a new 2013 van, but also provide operational expenses for the first year.

BCHS representatives recently met with children at the BCMW Headstart Program in Greenville. The boys and girls were given the opportunity to get up-close and personal with animals.

Rachel Hundsdorfer, from the society, conducted the session. She brought with her Ritz the kitty and two puppies, Nonnie and Lizzy. The program was a success as the youngsters enjoyed the visitors.

The Buchheit store in Greenville recently held a month-long fundraiser to benefit the shelter animals at BCHS. When checking out at the store, Buchheit customers were asked to make donations for the program called "Pounds for Paws."

A total of $700 was raised for the purchase of food for the shelter animals. Rachel and Dennis Hundsdorfer said the money will go a long way toward maintaining the food supply at both shelter locations in Greenville.

The humane society has also been aided with a donation from Joe and Caryl Culumber.

The Culumbers moved out of state, but not before donating a 1989 Ford Ranger pickup truck to the society. Minor repairs were made to the vehicle and the truck was detailed and then displayed for sale.

The truck sold for $1,500 and the desperately needed money is being used to cover general operating expenses such as veterinarian bills and medical expenses.



The Greenville Advocate Newspaper December 13, 2012 Page 4