If you find yourself without anything to do on Saturday, Nov. 9th, the Logan County Humane Society would like to invite you to its annual Chili Supper & Auction event to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Russellville Sportsman Club at the City/County park.
The event is the society’s largest fundraiser for the year, and all proceeds will be used to directly save the homeless animal’s that live at the Logan County Animal Shelter.
The shelter takes in just under a thousand animals each year. Thanks to the donations from the community and events such as the chili supper, the Humane Society staff and its dedicated volunteers have been able to save most of those that end up at the shelter by way of its rescue program. But this takes money and plenty of it.
The Humane Society contracts with the Logan County Fiscal Court to run the day-to-day operations of the county’s shelter. The Humane Society has been partnering with the county for close to 30 years. Literally thousands of animals have been saved throughout the last two decades, but that could not have been done without the support of the community.
The Humane Society receives funding from the county and the city of Russellville, however, those funds are not used to actually find homes for the animals that come to the shelter. It is the funds donated by the private sector that are utilized to take rescue trips to facilities up north who then find homes for the tons of animals that come through the shelter each month.
“We look to the support of the community to help make saving the animals possible. We could not do it without their financial support, and we are very thankful to all of those out there who have helped us and will continue to help us,” said Humane Society Director Kathy Maddox. “The rescue facilities up north look at what animals the Logan County Humane Society has, and if they feel they can find homes for them, we will do what we must to get them there,” added Maddox. The Humane Society is then responsible for transporting the animals to the facilities to be adopted, which are as far as Chicago and New York. The Humane Society makes no money on the dogs that are transported.
These trips take fuel and lots of it, as well as volunteers who don’t mind driving hundreds of miles just to turn around and drive back after dropping the animals off.
“If we had to stop our rescue program because of lack of funding, we would ultimately go back to euthanizing most of our animals here,” said Maddox, adding that holding fundraising events such as the chili supper is very important to the survival of these animals.
On Saturday, Nov. 9th, you can come out and be treated to a variety of chili, a hot dog and drink for just $5. There will also be numerous desserts to choose from. Music for the evening will be provided by one of the Humane Society’s biggest supporters, Clay Bilyeu, who has supplied the music for this event many, many times free of charge. The auction, which includes numerous items collected from Logan and Warren Counties, will be conducted by Tim Haley Auctioneers, another supporter of the Humane Society.
“You can come and enjoy the fellowship Saturday, Nov. 9th, and know that while you are eating your chili and bidding on an auction item, you are not only having a good time with friends and neighbors, but literally saving animal’s lives in the process,” said Humane Society president Chris Cooper, who would like to thank all those who help the homeless animals in Logan County.