JERSEYVILLE – For many homeless animals who rely on the kindness of humans to survive, the future is looking bleak.
“Financially, we are beyond struggling,” said Robin Robinson, kennel worker and treasurer at the Riverbend Animal Shelter. “Everything we do depends on donations, and there is nothing coming in. At this rate, we are going to have to close our doors in the next month or so.”
The fate of approximately 40 cats and 30 dogs depends on the shelter’s ability to remain open.
“We would contract with other humane societies to find placement, but that is a lot of animals to find places for.
“It will probably take about $6,500 to get us out of the immediate danger of closing. Our propane bill alone ran $3,500 in the last month, and that is paid strictly through donations.”
The unusually cold winter affects more than utility bills in residential homes, hitting nonprofit organizations especially hard, Robinson said.
“We have been keeping the thermostat as low as we can, but the prices just keep going up,” she said.
The Riverbend Humane Society was founded in 2005 and operates the no-kill policy Riverbend Animal Shelter at 23402 Crystal Lake Road. The society relies on funding through grants, the Hope for Animals Resale Shop and Grooming Parlor in Wood River (799 Old St. Louis Road), and donations from the public.
Animals at the shelter have been the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment, or are unable to be cared for any longer by their owners. Ideal situations result in the forgotten animals to be loved, cared for, nursed back to health and adopted into loving homes.
Spay and neutering programs also are a priority for the shelter, as it helps curb the number of unwanted and uncared for animals in the area.
For more information, to make a donation, or to learn about other ways to help, call (618) 498-7299.