The Humane Society of Charlotte needs 20 more donors to sign up for the Paw-tomatic $10,000 Challenge by July 1.
If at least 100 people pledge to donate at least $5 per month, donor Russ Morrison will give $10,000 to the Humane Society.
“(The challenge) is really an easy way for people to support our work,” said Shelly Moore, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Charlotte. “It makes it affordable and also helps us have that continuous revenue to help as many animals as we can.”
Morrison, 51, lives in the South Park area and has been making donations to the Humane Society of Charlotte for several years. He works for Babson Capital Management and has college-aged twin sons.
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Last fall, Morrison adopted two beagles, Maybel and Josie, from a rescue organization.
“I have a soft spot for animals,” he said. “They can make a big impact in peoples’ lives and I felt that they deserved some assistance along the way.”
Morrison said he looks forward to helping the Humane Society fundraise in the future. This is the agency’s first Paw-tomatic challenge.
The Humane Society gets no government funding, Moore said. The nonprofit has an annual operating budget of almost $4 million, and almost $3 million of that comes from donations. The remainder comes from program fees, such as adoption fees and spay and neutering fees.
“They rely on donations and the more they can get a consistent stream in, the more effective they can be,” Morrison said. “I feel very fortunate to be able to help out.”
The donations from the Paw-tomatic Challenge would be unrestricted, meaning the money could fund any of the Humane Society’s programs.
Last year, the Humane Society of Charlotte provided services for more than 25,000 animals. Of those, almost 3,000 were placed in homes, 12,470 spay and neuter surgeries were performed and almost 5,000 were helped in wellness clinics.
“(The Human Society) is making a big impact on the community,” Morrison said. “It’s wonderful that they can see something that’s a lot more stable through this challenge, by having automatic monthly donations.”
Want to help?
Donors can pay with a checking account or credit card.