The Henry County Humane Society is experiencing a severe financial crisis, and people there say they could be on the verge of closing their doors forever.
The shelter is seeking monetary assistance by sending requests to more than 600 area businesses.
Operations manager Diana Riefers says the humane society in Napoleon is struggling in the current economic climate.
Until 2011, the animal shelter was under contract with the Henry County commissioners and dog warden to receive a share of the county’s dog license revenue.
When the dog warden relocated, that contract was terminated, a change that resulted in a loss of roughly $24,000 annually.
The shelter receives no other state or local aid, and is currently funded entirely by donations, and through its own fundraising efforts.
The building and appliances at the shelter have problems, the roof needs replacement, and outdated lighting raises energy costs.
Estimates are that the shelter costs about $120,000 annually to operate.
For more information about the Henry County Humane Society, including hours of operation and dates and times of fundraising events, visit www.henryhumane.org