LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Loving Heart Animal Shelter has been part of the community for 11 years. Now, leaders of the shelter are worried about its future.
"With in the last two or three months donations have gone down to almost zero so really the only money we have coming in is adoption,” said Sandy Fogarasi, Executive Director, Loving Heart Animal Shelter.
So far this year the shelter has adopted 44 cats at 25 dogs, but now it has to cut back on the number of animals they are taking in.
"I'm trying not to take in as many which means I am not helping as much which bothers me because,” added Fogarasi. “I have to tell people no. I can't fill the building up and then not be able to pay the rent next month."
Another reason the shelter is keeping its numbers low is so they can change how it operates if it closes.
"I can still put the dogs and cats that I have into people’s houses and we will be ok if we have to go to a foster base,” added Fogarasi. “We just wouldn't be able to have this building necessarily."
When shelters become foster-based, it oftentimes makes it more difficult to get animals adopted.
"Foster animals don't get seen as much because people can't come and see them in person,” added Fogarasi. “People want to put pet the animals and touch them. Seeing a cute picture doesn't always get people to adopt.”
That is why the shelter is asking for help when it comes to staying in their current location.
"We need 8, 925 dollars to pay rent utilities animal supplies bedding all that stuff,” added Fogarasi. “By the average of what we've been paying so far this year to get us through the end of the year, that’s what we would need.”