Clay County Humane Society in need of donations

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Clay County Humane Society needs your help. They’re short on volunteers, dog food, and money. They’re not on the verge of closing. But without help, Clay County’s no-kill shelter may be forced to.

“We could be if we continue to have months like this where we have no food, no monetary donations, huge electric bills, things like that,” said Kathy McGinty of the Clay County Humane Society.

The shelter’s last electric bill was for $1,700. This is on top of pretty steep operating costs to begin with. To keep a dog at the Clay County Humane Society, it costs about $10 per day. When you factor in they have about 90 dogs at the shelter, it costs about $900 per day just to keep this place in operation.

The shelter usually only has about 60 animals. So why are they overpopulated? Kathy McGinty says they’ve taken on numerous animals that were neglected or abandoned. Some animals have been there since October.

“A lot of the animals that come in that case are definitely sick, because they’ve not had the proper vet care they’ve needed,” said McGinty.

So here’s how you can help. The shelter is in most need of money. Kathy also says they’re in desperate need of dog food, as they have about a week’s supply left. And because the shelter has a lot of puppies on hand, they really need puppy food.

“We’ve gotten a lot of cases where puppies have been dropped off. Right now we have 11 puppies in at once,” said McGinty.

Clay County’s humane shelter is a no kill shelter. The people there work hard to find good homes for the animals.

The work requires a lot of love, dedication, and yes, money and food donations from people. That’s something they hope to see a lot of to help keep their doors, and hearts, open to local animals that need them.

The Clay County Humane Society is also in need of volunteers to help around the shelter. If you would like to help in any way, call them at 812-446-5126. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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