MACOMB — The Humane Society of McDonough County is holding its ninth 12 months of the Brix Problem, a non-event fundraiser to assist the animals on the shelter. The deadline is Oct. 31.
The yearly fundraiser helps applications geared to assist animals on the shelter and serving to them get adopted by means of donations, adoptions, medical wants, spaying and neutering animals on the shelter and something that may be completed to assist discover them properties.
The Brix Problem was began by Chris Brix, a professor emeritus at Western Illinois College, in 2013. Chris approached one of many members and mentioned he’d love to do one thing extra to assist the group. He supplied $1,000 and challenged the neighborhood to match it. Whereas Chris has since moved out of state, he continues to assist the initiative.
“It has actually turn into a convention and we’re so appreciative for Chris and his canine Pee Wee,” Bonnie Skripps, President of the HSMC.
As of the writing of this text, Skripps says they’ve raised $13,135, near 70% of their objective of $20,000. Within the first eight years of this system they’ve raised over $110,000 by means of this problem.
“This program tends to lift 30-40 p.c of our annual funds. We’re very happy with that,” she mentioned. “All the cash from the Brix Problem goes to assist out initiatives so assist the neighborhood’s animals and the animals on the shelter.”
A part of the funds helps cowl the HSMC’s second initiative to cut back the over inhabitants of cats within the county. That’s completed by means of a partnership with Quincy Humane Society. HSMC transports of 25 cats at a time to Quincy to take part of their low price neuter/spay program. The small cost for every cat additionally covers the fee for the barn and feral cats, distemper and rabies vaccinations in addition to being spayed or neutered.
Apart from donations, the neighborhood may help the HSMC in different methods, akin to donating to the pet meals pantry which helps households in want maintain their pets. Donating pet meals and provides on to the shelter for the animals there, are additionally of assist. Group members are greater than welcome to volunteer on the shelter and assist socialize animals to advertise their emotional and bodily properly being by having the ability to work together with people by going out with people, and so on.
“We’re appreciative of the neighborhood’s response to no matter requests we would want,” Skripps mentioned. “All year long we’re actually comfortable when individuals turn into members of the Humane Society. The charges assist assist the annual funds. Individuals also can make direct memorials by means of the Humane Society.”
Skripps says a big a part of what members do is volunteer on the shelter, however you don’t want to be a member to volunteer.
“We’re a 100% volunteer group. A lot of our members are right here seven days per week serving to out with the cats and canine on the shelter,” she mentioned.
At present there are 50 cats on the shelter, a number of kittens, and 24 canine.
Whereas donations are all the time accepted for the Humane Society and the shelter, the final day to take part within the Brix Problem is October 31. It is a tax deductible donation.
Donations by test might be despatched to: Brix Problem, PO Field 7, Macomb or on-line donations by means of Venmo and PayPal are accepted at http://www.hsmcil.org.