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The Humane Society of Chilton County|
The Humane Society of Chilton County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
We have provided sheltering services for the homeless animals of Chilton County area for over 20 years.
Phone: 205-755-9170 Fax: 205-755-0899
Contact the humane society at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to:
139 Shade Tree Drive
Clanton, AL 35045
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Lee Helms
Lee is the past Director of the State of Alabama Emergency Management Agency under Governors Fob James and Don Siegelman. He served as a member of the Alabama Defense Security Council and Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security for Alabama. Lee founded the 911 organization and was elected to serve as the first state president. He currently is the owner of Lee Helms Associates (LHA), L. L. C., an emergency management/homeland security consulting firm in Clanton, Alabama. Lee served in the United State Air Force for six years. A long time supporter of the Chilton County Humane Society, Lee became its president in February, 2018. Lee can be contacted on his cell at 205-351-1969.
First Vice President – Kristi Hyche
With a background in office management, Kristi has been instrumental in upgrading our office systems. She is a mom of many many furry and feathered babies of her own as well as the many foster animals she’s helped rescue. She has served on the board since November 2016.
Second Vice President – Tracie Robitaille
Tracie’s involvement with the shelter began in 2015 as a puppy and dog foster. She has been on the board since 2017. She is a high school teacher and shares her home with many furry friends.
Treasurer – Bill McCay
Bill is a CPA with an office in Jemison Alabama. A life long dog lover, he shares his home and office with his Labrador friends. Bill has served on the CCHS board since October 2014. Thanks to Bill's involvement, the CCHS underwent and passed it's first audit in 2017.
Secretary – Amy Nicholas
Besides her involvement on the humane society board, Amy is also involved with the Girl Scouts. As a amateur photographer, Amy does a lot of the photo sessions for our special events as well as the pictures of our animals for adoption or rescue. She has been involved with the shelter as a volunteer and foster since 2014.
“At-Large” - Jeff Melton
Jeff is retired from Alabama Power and currently is the owner of Southern Dixie Auto Repair in Clanton. He does a tremendous service to the humane society by being in charge of maintenance for the building and the shelter vehicles.
“At-Large” - Kat Reece
Kat is the past president of the Chilton County Humane Society and the Chilton County Historical Society. She began as a volunteer and foster in 2012 and has served on the executive board since 2013. Currently, Kat’s position is website manager and social media.
Second Annual Bark in the Park
||Come to the Second Annual Bark in the Park!|
BANDS! FOOD! VENDORS! HALLOWEEN GAMES AND PRIZES!
Come out to the Second Annual Bark in the Park at Goose Pond Park in Clanton AL
on Oct 21, 2017 between 2:00 and 7:00 pm!!
Make sure to get your very own event t-shirt ahead of the date! We are pleased to announce that Trendy Chic Boutique in downtown Clanton will have the shirts starting October 7th for advance sales! This unique design, shown on the left, was created by local Chilton County artist Diana Hiott and is already creating a stir! Shirts are $15.
We'll have live entertainment, bands, food booths, vendors, arts and crafts, and
much much more!
Pet costume contest! Dress up your dog or cat in their Halloween best and come
out to the park and your pet might win a prize!! Much more to be announced!
We still have vendor spots open! If you'd like to come join us that day please
download the vendor
form from this link. We can also still take sponsorships until October 1st!
If you'd like to sponsor our event and get your company name/logo on the back of
our awesome event shirt please download
the sponsor information form and the spon
sor application form. Thank you!
Early in the morning on July 2nd a Chilton County resident broke into our shelter and stole $1,500 worth of tools, cameras and office supplies from us and our employees. The tools and cameras belonged to the employees who had brought them from home to help with work on our building.
Robber breaks into Chilton Humane Society Shelter
We were in the process of doing some much needed improvements to our building, improvements that we had a very tight budget to manage it on. This theft has set us back.
We desperately need to create an area in our old small building for a puppy isolation area, a place to keep puppies who are coming in and may have diseases or issues that could infect a healthy population of puppies. We also need to buy at least one more set of kennel banks for puppies, these banks are far outside our normal budget.
Please help us by donating to our kennel bank fund. Thank you!!
Third Annual Easter Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
Easter is coming!
Come to the Petting Zoo and Pony Ride fundraiser at Goose Pond Park on April 8th from 10:00 to 4:00!!
Besides the ponies and petting zoo animals we'll have games for kids to play and win prizes! We also have invited the Easter Bunny who will be available for you to take pictures with your children.
TWO EASTER EGG HUNTS!
Hunt One at 11:00 am will be for children up to age 7
Hunt Two at 1:00 pm will be for children 8 to 12
If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please download these forms.
Stokes Automotive is Giving Away a Car For Us!
Thank you Stokes Automotive in Clanton!
When the owners and managers at Stokes heard that we were in serious financial difficulty they immediately sat down to come up with a way to help us. They decided that they would sell chances for a car!
Come by Stokes between now and December 19th and make a $10 donation to the Chilton County Humane and leave an item from our wish list and you could win this Buick LeSabre!!
The drawing will be held on December 20, 2016 so hurry up and make your donation now!!
We appreciate everyone who has reached out to us in this time of need. The outpouring of help has been appreciated not only by the board, the staff and volunteers; but also by our animals. Our adoption rate has increased since we were on the news.
If you saw us on the news last night, then you know that we desperately need funding to help us keep the shelter doors open. Without additional donations we will have to stop in-taking animals.
You can watch the WIAT42 segment at this link and their livecast walk through the shelter at this link.
Thank you to both WIAT42 and WBRC Fox6 for helping us broadcast our needs!
You can help by making a donation via paypal by clicking on the "donate" button on the top left. You can also make a donation by mail to our address at 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL 35045.
If you would like to adopt Martin the cat, or Happy Feet the puppy you can by going to our online adoption application at this link.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
If you would like to help provide supplies, our number one item we need is cat litter, we always need cat litter. We also need contractor strength garbage bags, puppy food, water hoses and nozzles, office supplies, toilet tissue and paper towels.
ABUSED DOGS BROUGHT IN BY JEMISON ANIMAL CONTROL
Both of these three month
old puppies' ears have been completely cut off with scissors down to
their head. PLEASE HELP US! If you know anything about these dogs
please email us at email@example.com.
Thanks to donors who wish to stay anonymous,
we can offer a $2,500 reward for information
leading to the arrest of the people responsible
for cutting off the puppies' ears.
Please email rather than calling.
The reports we've received from people are indicating that these puppies were dumped in the area south of Randolph near the Bibb / Chilton County line. People in the area saw them before their ears were cut off, and then afterward in the same area.
We wish we could say this is an isolated incident, but it isn't. The week before this, these nine two day old puppies were found in a mop bucket on the side of the road.
They were taken from their mother immediately after birth and left to slowly die. Some of them still had parts of their umbilical cords attached. Thankfully someone found them and brought them to us, we got them into bottle feeding homes, but they weren't found in time and we lost four of the nine in the first 24 hours.
We are drowning. We receive 250-300 animals a month, some of them are in good shape, but too many others were abused, have mange, have ringworm, have heartworms, and so many other issues. When you combine this with our ongoing issue with being underfunded it leaves us with hard decisions.
It would cost us less than a dollar to euthanize these animals, we don't want to do that. We are fighting every day to lower our euthanasia rate, we didn't decide to work for the animals in this county just to euthanize them because its easier or cheaper.
BUT WE NEED HELP!
We are funded by Chilton County and the cities of Clanton, Jemison and Thorsby, we are not allowed by the terms of our agreement to require a drop off fee. We can count on $6,600 a month from the county and cities but this only covers our payroll. That leaves us with no money for utilities, no money for medicines, no money for vet visits and no money to ever make improvements EXCEPT for the money we receive from the community in donations. Please help us!
Record Year for the Chilton County Humane Society!
Those of us who serve on the
Humane Society of Chilton County board of directors, our volunteers
and staff have all worked hard this past year on getting more
animals adopted and rescued this past year, and we thrilled to
announce that we have reduced the yearly euthanasia rate at the
shelter by 21%!
Our county has an animal population
problem, but we are not the only area facing this problem. According
to the American Humane Society, 4 million dogs and cats are
euthanized nationally, or one every eight seconds. Alabama counties
vary from having a euthanization rate as low as 50 percent to as high
as 85 percent or more. The more rural the county, the higher the
euthanasia rate since rural counties usually have smaller and more
poorly funded shelters.
In 2014, we had a 75% euthanasia
rate. Some of this was due to parvo outbreaks that occurred during
the heavy puppy season in the spring and the fact that the shelter
building can only house 100-120 animals at a time. In the spring,
puppies would end up on the concrete and it didn't seem any chemical
could kill the parvo virus, plus, any new puppies coming in with
parvo would infect the others.
In 2015 we took several
steps to avoid these issues. First, the shelter was re-arranged, we
now have an isolation area to hold stray puppies, small and medium
sized dogs to make sure they are not sick before entering the general
population. The puppy and small dog room was moved and all puppies
are now kenneled in stainless steel wall kennels. We also decided
to take advantage of the outdoor space and have been erecting outside
kennels, giving the dogs the opportunity for play and increasing the
population of larger dogs we can maintain.
developed a standard operating procedure for the shelter staff to
follow on euthanasia, space is now the last item on our list for
euthanasia and we haven't euthanized for space in many months at this
time. Our director, Kimberly Ruck, worked closely with rescue to
increase the number of animals who were rescued. Our new president,
Krystine Gish, worked with some amazing donors and in the last three
months conducted adoption specials. During the month of October with
our $20 donation adoption special we adopted 121 animals, a record
that shattered previous records and one that we'd love to break. We
also held adoption specials for Veterans, and for black dogs and cats
both with the backing of donors.
Licorice and 6 siblings came into the shelter with a bad case of mange,
instead of euthanizing the litter we treated their mange.
Additionally, we recently
lowered the normal adoption fees. Cats went from an $80 adoption fee
to $25 for cats over six months, and $50 for kittens. We also
lowered the adoption rate for dogs from $125 to $100 and recently to
$85 and $50 for senior dogs 6 years and older.
Neuter and Release (TNR) program, a long term goal, was begun.
Overseen by board member Michelle Monahan, a small but dedicated
team of our volunteers trap feral cat colonies and transport them to
Birmingham to the nonprofit Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic. After the
cats are “fixed” they are returned to their colonies if they have
a caretaker, or, they can go into our Barn Cat Program where we offer
the cats free to people to control the rodent population in their
barns and out buildings. In the three months this program has been
in existence over 100 cats have been trapped and “fixed.” This
program will greatly reduce the amount of unwanted cats roaming wild
and starving to death in our area, and will in the long run reduce
the amount of cats coming into the shelter.
All of these
items taken together have reduced our euthanasia rate to the point
that we are no longer a high kill shelter and can celebrate one of
the lowest euthanasia rates in the state for last year.
we're not satisfied, 54% was still far too many animals euthanized.
However we need help from the local community to reduce this rate
The spring puppy season is coming. and the
puppies that will fill our shelter are being conceived now and in the
coming month. Please get your pet spayed or neutered, or if you
can't. take common sense steps to avoid a pregnancy by separating the
female from any males. If you do have a pregnant dog and you plan to
bring the litter to the shelter please make sure the puppies are not
kept on the ground, they contract parvo in that manner and then can
infect the other puppies, forcing us to euthanize them. The
Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic is offering free transport from Chilton
County to their location in Birmingham for lower cost spay and
neuters, you can get further reductions in the cost if you receive
any sort of government assistance or if you are on Social Security.
They'll even set up payments for you. Their phone number is (205)
We have other programs to be introduced soon to
help with the county's animal overpopulation problem. We have some
large fundraisers planned for the coming year to help, but, we'll
still need help from the community to help us make the shelter
We need more monetary donations, we need an
electrician to help us erect a new scrolling programmable sign
donated by Johnson Controls' Blue Sky Project and someone to help us
move our old sign. We need people with machinery to help level areas
for new kennels, we need concrete workers and carpenters.
are not perfect, we still deal with a shelter building that can only
house 100-120 animals where a lot of the heaters don't work and the
washers and dryers we have are second hand and fail to keep up with
the load. We need more kennels in the play yards, we have roughly
five acres and want to utilize more of that space. We have certainly
had our stumbles this past year, after all, dealing with the amount
of animals that we receive is overwhelming. Just last month, 197
animals came to the shelter, in the height of the spring puppy/kitten
season that number has gone as high as 311.
We also have had
financial problems that we struggled through, but we did struggle
through them and are happy to say the only time the shelter doors
closed was to paint the building inside and out.
feels we are well on our way to having a shelter the citizens of
Chilton County can be proud of, and a humane society overseeing it
that helps the community reduce the population problem. The shelter
has never had as many volunteers as we have now, but we need more to
get more accomplished.
If you would like to help us make more changes to help Chilton County's animals please click on the paypal donation button on the left or mail a donation to 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL 35045
We are no longer accepting mail at the post office. If you are making a monthly donation, or you would like to contact us, our mailing address is 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL 35045