BRATTLEBORO — The Windham County Humane Society performs an indispensable service in the region, but is always struggling to make ends meet.
Thanks to an annual fundraiser — the Walk for Animals — and donations from individuals, organizations and businesses, it is able to continue its mission.
On Jan. 27, the Windham County Humane Society learned it was receiving an exceptional donation from the Brattleboro Auto Mall — a Chevrolet City Express van that will be used to transport animals from overcrowded shelters to Brattleboro for adoption in the Vermont area. The van will also be used for picking up food donations for the WCHS food pantry and the day-to-day transport of animals for spay and neuter services, vaccinations and wellness checks.
The Windham County Humane Society also plans to implement a mobile wellness clinic, bringing vaccine and basic wellness care to rural areas of Windham County, for income eligible residents.
"Not only is the van going to increase our visibility in the community, it is going to expand our reach in a host of ways — we will be helping more pets, and their owners, than ever before," said Annie Guion, Executive Director of Windham County Humane Society. "We could not be more excited, or more grateful to Auto Mall for this truly amazing donation — this is a game changer."
WCHS offers a variety of progressive services that rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets and address the root causes underlying our community's animal welfare issues. In 2015, WCHS rehomed over 600 animals, reunited 116 lost pets with their families, and transported a record 213 animals from high-kill areas of the country. The WCHS also provided pet care assistance services to more than 400 people and their pets, spayed and neutered 549 owned animals and served over 200 animals at their Wellness Clinics.
Ninety percent of the funds raised by the WCHS directly supported pets. To make a donation or to learn more, visit www.wchs4pets.org.