Although the economy may appear to be on the rebound, local non-profit agencies have seen smaller donations this year compared to last.
News 4's Keith Hudson spent some time this weekend at the Wiregrass Humane Society where fewer dollars are forcing staff and volunteers to make some tough decisions.
When you visit the Wiregrass Humane Society in Dothan, you are definitely greeted with a warm welcome. But what you may not know is how tough of a year the shelter has had keeping its doors open.
On any given day, the humane society can house up to 125 cats and dogs, all of which are ready to be adopted.
And since it is a no-kill shelter, the non-profit organization relies totally on public donations to provide food, medicine and a safe place for the animals to live.
And if the humane society were to close, the last resort for these animals would be for them to be euthanized inside a gas chamber.
But, if you have a home needing a furry friend or have either a few dollars or some free time to give, then these pets will have a brighter future.
The humane society has opened a thrift shop to help generate enough income to keep the shelter operating. If you'd like more information about the shop, or if you want to contribute or adopt a pet from the humane society, their phone number is (334) 792-6693.
You can also find your next pet on-line at www.pet-finders.org