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For 50 years, the Humane Society of Somerset County has been a haven for abandoned and unwanted companion animals. Grown from humble roots in 1973, working out of barns and a railroad car, the current shelter, built in 1980, can now hold up to 32 dogs and nearly twice as many cats, allowing the adoption on average of more than 260 animals a year.

When animals arrive at the shelter, they are often in crisis, showing signs of neglect or abuse and requiring significant attention and medical treatment. Veterinary costs of $5,000 a month – sometimes more – on top of other operating costs, have increased their operating budget to close to half a million dollars for the coming year. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, which means animals are never euthanized to make more space, only when recommended by a veterinarian as a humane option in cases of extreme illness or injury. There are no time limits for an animal’s stay at the shelter. If there’s no room,  active foster programs or identified sanctuaries are used for hard-to-place animals.

The Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is funded entirely by donations–from animal lovers in the community who have a heart for helping some of the most vulnerable residents of Somerset County. Unlike some animal shelters, they don’t have the backing of a large national organization, or a steady stream of government or foundation support. 

Mr. Fred Rogers (a pet enthusiast who often featured animals on his show) once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” The Humane Society of Somerset County is one of those helpers, doing all it can to save animals’ lives, provide nurturing care, and find affectionate and devoted owners.

Now, they need your help with some significant expenses on the horizon. The shelter roof is leaking in several places and needs to be replaced, along with repairs to the building’s interior.  $75,000 is the anticipated need to cover these costs. It’s a large sum of money, but they’re hopeful that committed supporters like you will help make it possible. For more information about donating, please click here. More than $20,000 has been raised to date, but additional donations are needed.

“We are so grateful for the immediate support from the community that we’ve received so far. It shows that the Humane Society holds a special place in the hearts of Somerset County. Our friends and neighbors are so generous. We are eager to use these donations to improve our facility and continue the important work we do — caring for animals in need and finding them their forever homes” said Board Chair, Jenn Wagner. “We hope we can count on your support to raise the roof for our 50th anniversary!”
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