FAIRMONT - The Martin County Humane Society is about $1,000 away from meeting its fund-raising goal of $120,000 needed to pay for renovations and expansions at the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter.
Volunteers started out with about $70,000 earlier this summer, but donations were slow to come in until Martin County commissioners kicked in $25,000 a month ago to bring the total to $100,000. The shelter takes in animals from throughout the county and acts as the city pound.
Later this summer, the Schellpeper family of Fairmont pledged to match up to $5,000, which came in the form of an anonymous donation.
That brings the grand total for the project to $114,000, said Nancy Fetters, MCHS treasurer.
When the fundraiser started, money came in so slowly, volunteers were discouraged. Now Fetters smiles when she takes deposits into the bank, knowing the end is in sight.
All that's needed is for the humane society to raise an additional $1,000. The Rosen family has vowed to match that thousand with $5,000, helping the organization reach its goal.
Even when the project reaches its fund-raising goal, Fetters is hoping the donations don't stop. Community support will still be necessary to cover the costs of day-to-day operations at the animal shelter.
To keep up with expenses, the humane society has numerous fundraisers throughout the year - including the annual Walk for the Animals, which was held Sunday at Cedar Creek Park.
"There's always gonna be needs, being an animal shelter," Fetters said. "Volunteers are always needed in one form or another."
Donations can be made to the shelter's account at Profinium Financial:
105 Lake Ave.
Fairmont, MN 56031
Or checks can be mailed or dropped off at the shelter:
522 E. Margaret S.
Fairmont, MN 56031
The shelter is open to the public 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 238-1885.