This month’s Mercer Savings Bank Giving Mission recipient is the Darke County Humane Society. Founded in 1953, the Humane Society is a no-kill shelter located in Greenville that cares for both cats and dogs.
More About the Humane Society
The Humane Society, located on the north side of Greenville, provides an animal shelter for both cats and dogs. It also investigates animal abuse cases and advocates for better treatment of animals.
“We help injured and sick animals, or those who’ve lost their way or been abused,” said President Linda Barga. “We have the capacity to care for 10 dogs and 70 to 75 cats at any time.”
Currently, the shelter is at capacity with cats, including kittens. It operates entirely from donor funding and employs five staff members, relying on volunteers and fundraisers to keep the shelter running.
One of the shelter’s main fundraising sources is its Paws bingo hall. It also hosts shot clinics for community members several times a year.
For Barga, the shelter is a place she’s become a part of over the years.
“I’ve been volunteering here so long that I’ve just worked my way up,” said Barga. “That’s how I got into it. And our volunteers and employees, they just love animals. They just want to be with them and take care of them.”
While there is another animal shelter in Greenville, the Humane Society shelter is unique in that it does not receive government funding and can take care of both dogs and cats.
Mercer Savings Bank Giving Mission Awarded
Barga said the donation from the Giving Mission fund comes at the perfect time: to help build a new six-foot fence that will enclose a dog run outside the shelter.
“We want to say thank you to the community and organizations like Mercer Savings Bank for things like this,” she said. “It’s a big thank you to everyone who helps support us.”
How to Get Involved With the Humane Society
Interested in getting involved with the Humane Society? There are plenty of ways, including:
- Becoming a regular donor
- Volunteering your time
- Donating supplies like pet food and cleaning items
Of course, everyone’s favorite way to get involved is by checking out the list of adoptable pets at the Humane Society. Your new feline or canine friend could be waiting!