Watch video from the event!
Saturday night the Madison County Humane Society Animal League for Life held it’s fourth annual Penny’s for Paws Car Show and Concert. The event brought over 1500 people and dog’s out to enjoy the free concert provided by The Bent Penny Band. There was also face painting, hula hooping, and plenty of food to be found all going to the Humane Society. Last year’s event brought sixty eight cars out and this year the total number of cars exceeded seventy. The entry fee was ten dollars per vehicle and all proceeds went to the Humane Society. For Paws Unleashed was also on site offering nail trims for ten dollars with all their proceeds going to help the animals that are taken in by the Humane Society.
We spoke with Eve Secrist who organized the event about what the money raised by tonight’s event is used for. “100% of the money raised tonight will be used for the animals the Humane Society have in their system . The money is used for vet bills and other needs that arise during the year.” There are currently over one hundred twenty cats and dogs that are being treated and fostered by volunteers. The money is used toward vet bills which can become quite expensive. One of the larger and most expensive ventures that the Society is part of is the trap-neuter-return project. The volunteers will go out where feral cats are and trap them and neuter/spay the cats and ten release back where they were caught.
A common misconception is that you can bring an animal to the Humane Society and they will accept it. Unfortunately they can’t accept dogs or cats unless they have a foster family that is able to take the animal in. Everyone that helps with the Humane Society is all volunteer. No one receives compensation for their time they spend at the adoption center or working events such as tonight’s.
If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat you can see the animals every Saturday at the Humane Society located at 128 Big Hill Avenue from noon until five. Adoption cost for a dog is $150 and that cost includes the dog being spade or neutered, all the vaccinations, heartworm treated, and microchipped. Cost for a cat varies depending on age. Kittens are $50, cats from the ages of one to four year old are $35 and cats older than five are only $10. All prospective adopters must fill out an application and be approved.
For more information about how you can help the Humane Society visit humanesocietyall.com