Forms of funding
“I have been here longer than any other dog. Please give me my second chance,” a sign reads on the cage of 7-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Redbone Coonhound-mix Zoie. Fortunately for animals like Zoie, things are looking up: Capital Area Humane Society received new grant funding, and adoption rates and volunteer numbers are high. The humane society, located at 7095 W. Grand River Ave., is not funded by government. “We’re completely independent,” said development, events and grant manager Jamie Fuhr. “We don’t take tax money or anything like that.”
Fuhr said that their funding is comprised exclusively of donations from the public and the fees they collect for their services, including their adoption and spay and neuter fees. PetSmart Charities recently awarded Capital Area Humane Society a $135,000 grant payable over two years, according to Fuhr. “This grant will end up spaying and neutering about 2,400 cats,” Fuhr said. “And this is actually the second phase that we’re doing.” Two years ago, they received a grant that allowed them to spay and neuter 2,800 cats.