So What’s New at
Bond County Humane Society?
November 2018 Two Smartphone Apps Help Raise $$ For BCHS
Support Bond County Humane Society simply by walking your dog! Here at Bond County Humane Society, we are excited to announce our partnership with the dog walking apps Walk for a Dog by Wooftrax AND ResQWalk by Best Friends Animal Society.
These smartphone applications (available for iOS and Android devices) support us with a donation every single time you take a walk.
As you and your pup enjoy your exercise together, whichever application you choose will keep track of how far you walk. When you end your walk, it is credited to BCHS. (Make sure that your local shelter is set to Bond County Humane Society.) It's that easy!
Truthfully, you don't even need to be walking your dog, simply WALK, RUN, or CYCLE with the app active and started. It uses GPS to track your workout, so miles at the gym won't count.
Dog lovers have already walked a million miles for their local shelters and rescues. Let's walk and help raise even more money for our favorite companions!
September 2018 Introducing "Rehome"
Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress free both for you and your pet. Experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit pet adoption website, with support from The Petco Foundation, have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.
Introducing Rehome - a peer-to-peer adoption service that allows pet owners to post pets needing new homes on Adopt-a-Pet.com to be seen by the millions of adopters who visit our site each month. Rehome also provides pet owners with all of the tools and guidance they need to review applications and choose the right new family for their pet. They can even help to set up safe meet and greets with potential adopters at well-lit, public places like Petco stores. And 100% of the adoption fee the new owner pays is donated to a local animal shelter or rescue!
If you need to re-home your pet (and did not adopt from Bond County Humane Society or another shelter whose contract requires you attempt to return them there) Here's BCHS's referral link: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/r/74505
“We have so much more space now. We’re all together now, the cat shelter and the dog shelter. It makes things so much easier. We have three community rooms for the cats where they can roam around; two isolation rooms: one has sick cats and the other has recently acquired kittens and cats who are still getting tests done. We’ve got a couch and some toys in the meet-and-greet room. We’re anxious to show the building to the community. I think people will be very pleased.”
—Rachel Hundsdorfer (BCHS Acting President) to Emily Rose of the Greenville Advocate, June 2018.
[Photos courtesy Greenville Advocate]
February 2018 Cat Shelter & Business Office New Building Construction Update: Time to Paint!
Dennis and Rachel Hundsdorfer met this fall with Steve Korte of K-Five
Contracting to plan the next phase of construction work on BCHS's new Cat Shelter
/ Office Building at 2510 South Elm Street in Greenville. Contractors will finish
the electrical installation to bring power to the new building wing, and Ernst
Heating & Cooling will finish hooking up the geothermal HVAC system so there
can be heat in the building. Then workers will begin taping and mudding the interior
walls, and painting can be done. We just chose the color schemes for the rooms this week and an awesome artist we know will be painting some murals as well!
With the latest bequests and donations to the building fund, we still need at
least $11,000 in order to move into our new facility... CONSIDER A GIFT TODAY! Naming Opportunities still available for donations of $2500 or higher. Contact us to discuss your options!
Cat Shelter & Business Office New Building Construction Update - plus
Buy A Brick: a special and personalized, tangible way to support ongoing Capital Campaign
^^^ Updated Fundraising Figures (as of July 6, 2017) ^^^
Our new cat shelter on South Elm Street in Greenville, Illinois is really coming along!
Thanks to the efforts of Bond County Humane Society's governing board, several grants and private donors,
and the services of K-Five Contracting of Pocahontas, Belleville Supply Company, and Slatton Excavating,
the building's concrete floor is poured, sub-floor plumbing is installed, the exterior walls are raised,
insulated windows and doors are framed in, and the roof is trussed and shingled. Enertech (our neighbor to
the east) installed a geothermal underground loop system for our future divided HVAC system. Additional
excavating was done re-grading the rear drainage area and extending the front driveway and parking area.
Plus a few more anonymous donors and work entities have contributed greatly to what you can see (and can't
quite see) at our shelter site. And we can't ever thank everyone enough. But we're not done yet! The cat
shelter and office wing on the South Elm Street property remains an empty, unusable shell of a building until
we acquire more money!
With $61,881 left to raise in our Capital Campaign (December 2016 estimate), our new Cat Shelter and Business Office needs your help!
If each of our 1600 Facebook followers gave just $38.67, we'd have it!! Won't you donate online or offline today?
If enough of you do contribute right away, our construction company can get busy this winter working inside the
building shell: framing up studded walls, roughing in electrical wiring and above-floor plumbing, placing
insulation, and installing HVAC ductwork and related pieces. We want to move in as soon as possible, improving
care for cats waiting for a home and administering other animal welfare efforts, so please help with a donation
and please spread the word! We have saved over 1,500 animals since we started in 2003!
Opportunities remain to name a particular room or other feature of the new building at the $5,000, $10,000,
and $25,000 donation levels!
You or your business can also purchase a personalized fundraising brick paver at the $75 or $150 level,
etching your name, that of a loved one, or special pet, into history. The bricks will be placed in a plaza near
the entrance of the new shelter.
Take action today and send a check (memo: capital campaign) for any amount, or pledge labor/materials for our
interior phase. Or make a secure online donation here:
When you make your online donation to BCHS, you are asked if you would like to also pay a little bit to YouCaring, but you are NOT required to. Just click that amount and change it to $0.00.
Membership Meetings now 1st Wednesday of the Month
Membership meetings (as of December 7, 2016) will be held the 1st Wednesday of every month starting at 7:30pm at Bradford
National Bank Community Building at 100 block North First Street, Greenville (please watch our Facebook page for reminders
and/or changes to meeting locations, times, agendas).
Bond County Humane Society is one of the newest members of the Bond County Community Foundation!
Bond County Humane Society and the Bond County Fair Association and are now members of the Bond County Community Foundation (BCCF). The groups were recently accepted into the foundation during a meeting of its board of directors.
Mayor Alan Gaffner, BCCF board president, commented, "Local, community generosity, concern, and compassion have long - been trademarks of Bond County residents," Gaffner indicated. "The Bond County Community Foundation is a much needed mechanism for worthy organizations to receive financial support that will help them accomplish their goals of serving area residents and meeting needs, both in the short - term and into the future."
"In an effort to provide education about the Foundation, numerous meetings have been held, and are being conducted, to share information with organizations, financial advisors, and attorneys who provide estate planning services," Gaffner said. "These helpful sessions have led to the addition of the Bond County Fair Association and Bond County Humane Society as Foundation members."
Bond County Humane Society (BCHS), launched in 2003, exists to provide temporary sanctuary for unwanted, lost and neglected animals for ultimate placement in loving and responsible homes. BCHS operates facilities on 4th Street and Elm Street. They are currently fundraising for a new cat shelter that will also house the organization's office.
The Bond County Fair Association was incorporated in 1948. Prior to its founding, the Farmer's Institute was held in various locations in the years leading up to World War II. Over the past 67 years, the Bond County Fair has become a showcase for livestock, culinary, and youth projects. Its traditions include the queen pageant, demo derby, and tractor pull.
Founded in 2014 to bring donors and local needs together, the BCCF was launched by The First National Bank based on the success of its Old Capitol Foundation in Fayette County. The foundation's mission is to promote and facilitate the "furtherance of charitable and educational opportunities" in Bond and adjacent counties.
Other endowments under the BCCF include the Bond County Independence Day Festival Association, Comets Sports Boosters, DeMoulin Museum, and Greenville Bicentennial.
For more information on becoming a donor, please contact Pat Kious at The First National Bank at 618-664-0300 or Liz Heinzmann at The First National Bank's Trust Department at 618-283-5222. You may also visit the website at bondcountyfoundation.org
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, The First National Bank has locations in Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Vandalia, Ramsey, and Patoka.
It's easy and secure to make a tax-deductible donation to the Bond County Community Foundation specifying Bond County Humane Society as beneficiary. Choose to make an end-of-year gift, anytime gift, memorial, honorarium, or leave a legacy with planned giving.
Now you can follow Bond County Humane Society on Twitter!
Keep up to date on news, adoptable pets, volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, and fundraising events.
Announcing a New Schedule for Adoption Saturday Pet Meet & Greets!!
Saturdays Bond County Humane Society will be at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois on Hwy 159 (near intersection with Hwy 50).
We've got our selection of pups and cats set up by 11am and begin to pack up around 3pm. Our adoption counselors can review & approve your application
the same day, so come see us early! This new schedule means we are no longer holding adoptions at Petsmart.
The BCHS shelter office at 1403 South 4th Street in Greenville is open on Tuesday afternoons again!
The Bond County Humane Society office at 1403 South 4th Street in Greenville (our cat shelter building) is now going to be open
on Tuesday afternoons, 1-5 PM, starting October 8, 2013. This means we are open every weekday afternoon except Wednesday; But you can
make an appointment ahead of time to speak with a volunteer coordinator, spay/neuter program rep or adoption counselor on Wednesdays
or a morning/evening time if you need to. Really any time you are able to make an appointment, we can better guarantee the relevant BCHS rep will be in at the office to help you. Thanks!
PETCO FOUNDATION Approves New Vehicle Grant for BCHS
Story by Dennis Hundsdorfer, VP - Public Relations. December 2012.
Last May 2012 Bond County Humane Society submitted a grant request to the PETCO Foundation for a new transport vehicle.
The new vehicle was needed to safely and efficiently expand and meet increasing transportation needs into the future.
The van would be 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 (tornadoes, floods, fires, etc)
recovery rescue operations; assist with shelter-to-shelter animal relocation transports; and transport equipment and supplies to and from numerous
community programs, fundraising activities and BCHS facility projects and maintenance.
To be considered for this grant BCHS had to have demonstrated its support of PETCO Foundation's mission statement.
This statement reads "Raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them" The four requirements to fulfill their mission are to
create responsible pet owners, reduce the number of animals euthanized, rescue animals in crisis, and rehabilitate behavioral issues in pets.
On August 3rd BCHS received notification from Mr. Paul Jolly, Executive Director, PETCO Foundation, that the request had been approved.
The grant funding provided for the purchase of a new 2013 van and a portion of the related operational expenses for the first year.
Steve Schmitt Auto Group of Highland, IL was the successful bidder. BCHS placed an order for the new Chevrolet Van the end of August and took
delivery November 9th. The first photo shows Rachel and Dennis Hundsdorfer accepting the cargo van on behalf of BCHS from Adam Hanebrink of Schmitt's
in Highland. The van has been placed in service to begin helping the animals.
BCHS extends a heart-felt thank you to PETCO Foundation for its support and confidence in our organization and operation.
Summer 2012 Newsletter is out
Visit our NEWSLETTER page to read/download the newest editions and re-issues of Bond County Humane Society "The Pet Dispatch" Newsletter. Also, don't miss the Special Edition Autumn 2012 issue.
New Animal Transport Van
Recently, Bond County Humane Society was awarded a tremendous grant from the PetCo Foundation. We will be purchasing a greatly needed,
brand new animal transport van. Full story coming soon!!
What Does "Kitten" Really Mean?
Beginning in March 2012, in response to difficult economic times for everyone and lower-than-average adoption numbers, Bond County Humane
Society is changing the designation of "kitten" for the purposes of determining adoption fees. Now, a "kitten" will be defined as a feline
up to 6 months old and the regular adoption fee will be $90. Cats over 6 months old will be considered "adult" and the regular adoption fee
will be $60. We hope that in redefining the maximum age we consider a cat a "kitten", more adopters might choose to adopt a younger adult
cat who has only barely passed out of its tiny kitten lifestage. Cats 6 months old are still full of playful energy but are also beginning
to calm down into their permanent, individual personalities. PLUS, if you are over 60 years of age, ask BCHS about the Purina Pets For
"Phase Two" Construction: Dog Shelter Addition.
Bond County Humane Society spent the heart of 2011 designing and building an addition to our new storage building:
a structure to house dogs. The construction of a new dog shelter building is an important, real, second step in our permanent
animal shelter site complex on South Elm Street in Greenville. This custom designed shelter addition is larger in space and
better equipped than our former dog kennels that we were renting. The new facility includes an isolation room, grooming area,
food preparation area, restroom for humans, seven canine pens and indoor/ outdoor runs - all of which will be incorporated into
BCHS's larger building plans in the future.
Our new dog facility is REMARKABLE. We are extremely proud considering how much quality in design and materials we extracted
from our limited non-profit, privately funded budget. The unassuming dog shelter addition may not look like much from several
hundred yards away, but let us assure you that the building features state of the art functionality and comfort for the dogs
in BCHS care and for their volunteer caregivers.
BCHS Storage Building, including culvert and rock driveway.
Between March and May 2011, with the help of local businesses and generous donators over the past few years, we were able to build a storage facility on our land at South Elm Street in Greenville, Illinois.
Our Capital Campaign Building Fund is in full swing to raise money for a Permanent Animal Shelter Building to be built in the future to the west of this storage building. Each May we hold a Puttin' On The Ritz For Fritz Dinner which is a fundraiser specifically geared to raise awareness of our
Shelter goal. Read more about our vision and our plan under the SHELTER tab or in our Summer 2011 Newsletter.
Sponsorship Drive to help support our adult pets who have yet to find homes. Now you can financially sponsor a "difficult to place for adoption" cat or dog!
Sometimes a kitten or puppy comes into the care of Bond County Humane Society and it is initially too sick or too scared to become available for adoption right away.
This kitten or puppy grows up in our cat shelter or our dog kennel over several months. It is now healthy and wishing someone would notice him/her and want him/her for their very own.
BUT now it is an adult - not as cute and not as playful and not as indiscriminately affectionate as a younger animal. Many people pass him/her by each week. No one wants to adopt him/her when there is a baby animal
to add to a family instead. This is not the cat or dog's fault. But it is sad and it is expensive for us. It means that Bond County Humane Society is still paying money to feed him/her, paying money to
give him/her a bed to sleep on and vaccination shots and parasite prevention medication and toys to keep him/her mentally healthy and alert. Now you can help! You can choose a dog or cat to sponsor regularly each month and help support a pet in need until the perfect
family finally comes along to adopt it. Visit our list at Petfinder to meet the animals who need your help right now. Then call 618-664-4068 to find out more information about sponsoring a "difficult to place for adoption" pet still living in shelter care.
A very qualified applicant has accepted our part-time Shelter Manager position and will start in September 2010.
Thank you to all who were interested and applied. Please still consider donating volunteer work hours with BCHS, with and for our animals. (August 18, 2010)
S. Elm Property Site:
We're still working hard to plan and build our new cat and dog shelter facility. We now have a final revision to our floorplan. Get ready to pitch in when our official major fundraising gets underway. As always, we depend on our community and we'll need all the help we can get!
We now participate in the PetFinder.com Foundation's Sponsor-A-Pet program. To help a pet even if you can't adopt, click on an adoptable animal's PetFinder profile and register to donate an amount that will go directly to BCHS and directly to him/her! It costs an average of $180 to provide care for a pet while s/he waits for a home. Each contribution of just $10 may enable a pet to get cared for until a new loving family comes along. They all deserve this chance!
Now your donations in memorium, honor, or celebration can be displayed proudly on our office walls. So many people will browse these brass plaques and also be inspired to honor their loved ones - animal and human. Tell your family, friends and co-workers of this great new opportunity!