Hickory – Donations and short-term foster parents are sought by the Humane Society of Catawba County as the organization begins a big project.

Beginning around September 14, the HSCC’s location at 3224 20th Ave SE, in Hickory, will start a remodeling project on the flooring in the adoptable dogs kennel area as part of an extensive update plan. Wear and tear and chemicals used for cleaning have degraded the painted floors. Six to seven months from now, the rest of the dog kennels will be resurfaced, then the cat area will be updated.

“Custom Coatings in Hickory will be painting the flooring, and have made the whole process so far very easy,” HSCC Executive Director Jane Bowers said.

In the course of 18 months, says Bowers, the project should be completed at a cost of about $100,000. A donor has pledged a $50,000 gift, with a matching dollar-for-dollar promise for every outside donation. To make a donation, please contact HSCC through their website at www.catawbahumane.org, or mail it to PO Box 63, Hickory, North Carolina 28603.

Bowers asks for patience from the public with this much-needed refurbishment, and notes that the shelter will still be open and operating fully. There will be about a 14 day period of taking down fencing to finish the job. Prior to and during this time, the hope is that dogs will be adopted out, and they’ll be running adoption specials. Rescue partner organizations may take some of the dogs as well.

Anyone interested in short-term fostering should contact HSCC, if their pets at home have up to date vaccines. Bowers says, “look at it as a chance for the in-house dogs to have a little vacation!” For more information on fostering, call Natalie Robinson, Operations Manager, at 828.464.8878, or contact her at natalie@catawbahumane.org.

In September, the adoption specials are: Long term residents will have fee-waived adoptions and through September 15, HSCC is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer at both shelters and offering $75 dog adoption fees for pets 6+ months in age (normally starting at $125 and going up).

HSCC is funded completely by local donations, and doesn’t receive funding from national humane organizations. Any donation made stays in this community to help animals who have love to give find their humans. HSCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Business hours for both locations are: HSCC Hickory, Monday – Saturday, 11am until 6pm. HSCC Newton, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am until 6pm. Both locations are closed on Sunday.

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