Humane Society seeks support to continue no-kill mission

Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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The Butler County Humane Society, the area’s sole no-kill pet rescue and sanctuary, is facing financial strain and appealing to the community for help. Despite being a crucial resource for animals in need, organizers believe that many local residents are unaware of their presence and mission.

Cory Rice, a long-time volunteer turned full-time staff member, emphasized the financial challenges facing the rescue.

 “We’re not making any money,” Rice said. “But you keep going because you just fall in love with the animals. It’s not their fault… so we’re going to make sure everybody gets fed and everybody gets love.”

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Rice described the dedication of the staff, noting that someone is always on-site caring for the animals. However, the influx of animals is outpacing their ability to accommodate all pets in need of help. 

The sanctuary also provides a permanent home for animals deemed unadoptable due to their past experiences, ensuring they receive love and care for the rest of their lives.

The humane society welcomes volunteers and donations, but they express a critical need for someone skilled in grant writing to secure funding. Humane Society President Kandys Killough stressed the importance of financial support.

“It takes money to do what we do. To spay and neuter, feed and transport,” Killough said. “I’m using my personal money.”

Monetary donations, cat litter, and Purina Pet food are among the most needed items. Every animal that arrives at the sanctuary receives food, shelter, and necessary medical care, including shots, spaying, and neutering.

The need for transportation assistance is also crucial.

“To give some animals the best chance of being adopted, a lot of times, we will transport them to a no-kill shelter somewhere else that has a really high adoption rate,” Rice said.

Despite the challenges, Rice says she finds immense satisfaction in her work and says the sanctuary has no plans to throw in the towel.

“It’s so overwhelming to see an animal that was dumped on the side of the road, that you couldn’t even touch… giving kisses and running in the grass.”

Killough shares Rice’s dedication, stating that the sanctuary is not just a job but her mission.

“I’m passionate about this,” Killough said. “I’ve been doing it since 1985 and I’ll continue to do it.” 

With community support, the Butler County Humane Society aims to continue its mission of providing a safe haven for animals in need. For those wishing to donate, donations can be made by mail to P.O. Box 264, Greenville Al, 36037 or through CashApp to savealife3. For questions or to volunteer, email