The Francis R. Willis SPCA currently has 95 dogs and 76 cats, and 32 animals in foster families.
Spring time is usually a busy season for the shelter. Simone Killoren, president of the SPCA’s board, said this is typically the time of year when the shelter gets “crazy amounts” of puppies and kitten, taking up more space.
In addition to that situation, the shelter is normally under-funded. In particular, the shelter looks for ways to fund treatment for heartworms – an ailment that particularly plagues dogs.
Right now the shelter is $30,000 under budget. That is why the shelter is doing something it has never done before.
In an effort to raise money, the shelter is looking to have a new fundraiser every month of the year. Last month they held a t-shirt fundraiser and they have tossed around ideas about doing a raffle for a lake or beach house sometime this summer.
May’s fundraiser has officially begun, and it is new for everybody: the SCPA has taken to Facebook and sponsors to raise more money.
The way it works is every “like” they receive on their Facebook page during the month of May will be worth $1. The monetary donation comes from four SPCA sponsors – The Learning Canine, Jessica Laettner Realtor, Enterprise Technologies Inc. and Butler and College Attorneys at Law. The total cost will be split four ways, so each sponsor will be provided 25 percent of the proceeds.
As of May 1 the Facebook page has 2,513 likes. The likes can come from anybody – not just Dorchester County residents.
Killoren said they are hoping to get at least 2,000 likes by the end of the month.
“We’ve never done it before so I’m not sure how well it’s going to work,” she said, adding that a volunteer for the shelter initially came up with idea. “All you have to do is like the page and it’s worth a dollar.”
Killoren said the shelter recently re-established its finance committee, so this year they are revamping fundraising efforts and “stepping it up.”
Killoren also said having 32 animals in foster care helps alleviate some space in the shelter, which recently became a no-kill shelter, meaning if an animal comes to the shelter it will not be put down.
In order to help with spacing at the shelter Killoren herself sometimes takes dogs home with her.
“I just like to help the animals and I know that I should not bring home every animal that I see,” she said. “This is my way of indirectly helping every animal without bringing them into my house.”