The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is in financial trouble according to a plea for help released by the non-profit late last week.
In a Friday July 15 press release, Charlevoix Area Humane Society Executive Director Scott MacKenzie said an increase in services and decrease in donations has put the organization in a tough spot.
“We greatly need your support to raise revenue for our operating expenses,” MacKenzie stated. “[W]e need to balance the budget to have a financially stable Humane Society. Please help!”
Over the past few years, the local humane society has expanded its services with spay and neuter programs, a foster program, additional medical help for animals, rabies vaccinations in advance for all adopted animals and more.
“We have done more outreach and public awareness—basically, we have done more with less,” MacKenzie stated. “‘More with less’ because, for some reason, donations are way down.”
He added, “Our spring and winter appeals have not been very good the last couple years. Donations are not meeting the need and demand.”
MacKenzie closed his plea for help by asking that anyone interested in the humane society’s mission please donate now.
You can make a donation online at www.charlevoixhumane.org or call (231) 582-6774 to make other arrangements.
“Please consider financial support of the Charlevoix Area Human Society so we can continue the vitally important work we do,” stated MacKenzie.
The Boyne City Gazette is looking into this story deeper with financial records and input from local stakeholders and will have a follow-up after the next humane society meeting with more details on this developing story.