Madison-Greene Humane Society Fundraising for Expansion

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The Madison-Greene Humane Society (MGHS) is struggling to keep its doors open. The shelter relies on donations and fundraising efforts to stay afloat, but ongoing costs can build up.

The MGHS needs everything from cages and cat food to volunteers. Staff hope the community will step up to the plate so they can continue caring for animals.

Dr. John Hayes was a private practice veterinarian for almost 50 years. Now, he does the same work at the MGHS as a volunteer. Hayes says taking care of animals is important to him. Volunteering his time is also important to the MGHS, as paying for a veterinarian isn't in the budget.

"The Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA has been going for years. They have a big donor list, they have people donating lots of money. We don't have that," said Hayes. 

The MGHS building is so small it can only take cats, but the organization does spay and neuter dogs for a fee. Hayes says it needs a bigger space.

"Our big problem is disease because we're so small we get a cat comes in that's sick and pretty soon it's spread all over our little facility," said Hayes.

Hayes says an additional building would be used as a place to keep sick animals until they are well. He says the Humane Society started a building fund for a second location, but it is burning through the money to pay for everyday needs like medicine, food and equipment. Because the building is so small, the Humane Society relies heavily on foster parents to free up cages.

Staff hope community donations will get the building fund moving forward. You can help support the Humane Society next Thursday night by eating out for dinner at the Lafayette Inn. The MGHS staff will be waiting tables for the event and accepting tips. Reservations must be made ahead of time.

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