One of the missions of Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter is to support the Hardin County Animal Shelter and reduce the homeless cat and dog population in Hardin County.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fundraising efforts, making it a challenge for the organization to gather the resources necessary to accomplish it.

In a typical year, FOHCAS sponsors or partners on a wide variety of fundraising efforts. Proceeds from all fundraising goes to the FOHCAS medical fund, spay/neuter programs and support for the full-time veterinarian at the shelter, according to an organization news release.

“The FOHCAS board considered options and chose to postpone all 2020 in-person fundraisers, including our most successful fundraiser, the Dirty Dog Bash,” said board president Jo Ellen Thomas in the release. “Everyone involved in the Bash, especially our host and partners, Jeff and Mary Key, really wanted to make it work.

“The decision was difficult because funds from the Bash allowed FOHCAS to fund the Community Cat program for our shelter and it helped us celebrate the greatest fundraising year since our conception.”

“We are all excited as we look ahead to hosting this amazing event next year. Mary and I ask everyone to mark their calendars and join us for the Dirty Dog Bash, Aug. 7, 2021,” said Jeff Key in the release.

The rescheduling of this event and several others including the Tails and Trails 5K means the organization has had to shift efforts to online fundraising.

One example of this is their recently launched fundraising effort to support its spay/neuter initiatives to reduce unwanted animals in the community.

“We give thanks” is our theme. We want to highlight hope during a time where everyone has experienced difficulty. FOHCAS is so grateful for the continued generosity of the community and we want to share how that generosity is lived out in our mission. We also want to give the community a chance to share how adoption and support for homeless animals has impacted their lives,” Thomas said in the release.

The spay/neuter fundraiser will feature an online auction and culminate on Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

For information, go to fohcas.org or the FOHCAS Facebook page.

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