In 2009, the Humane Society of Charlotte in North Carolina helped find homes for nearly 2,000 cats and dogs and assisted pet parents in spaying and neutering around 9,600 pets, according to The Charlotte Observer.
However, spokeswoman Donna Canzano told the news provider that the shelter is also forced to euthanize up to 13,000 dogs and cats each year because homes can't be found for them, which emphasizes the ongoing need for community spay and neuter clinics, in addition to adoption services.
Fundraisers are the only sources of income providing the shelter's $2 million in annual operating costs, but around 500 volunteers also assist the organization.
One of the most popular fundraisers for the organization is the Ties and Tails Gala, which will take place this year on October 23 at the Westin Hotel. Last year, more than 300 guests arrived with their pets, including Governor Bev Perdue and former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis, who brought his nationally renowned five-legged puppy, Lily.
The ASPCA also provides services that help animals find homes, and fundraisers are vital to the organization's operations. Those wishing to help shelter pets may want to volunteer or donate pet toys, food or accessories.
In 2009, the Humane Society of Charlotte in North Carolina helped find homes for nearly 2,000 cats and dogs...