Habersham County Animal Care and Control (HCACC) has officially ended its fundraising campaign to purchase a transport van. The Road to Rescue campaign raised $88,941, exceeding the $66,000 goal by 35%.
“At the start of the campaign, we didn’t know what to expect. We have never had a campaign of this magnitude, but we have been completely overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of those who have donated,” says Madi Nix, Director of HCACC. Nix notes that the campaign was boosted by three five-figure donations from donors, including two $10,000 games and several four-figure giveaways. A total of 151 donors gave to the campaign.
Money raised through the Road to Rescue campaign will fund the purchase of a new Ford Transit High Top Extended Length Van (or similar) and cover any necessary modifications. Any money not used to purchase the van will be placed in a designated fund to help cover fuel and other costs directly related to transportation, such as driver fees and tolls, the HCACC says.
“We are actively looking for a van; however, the vehicle shortage due to the pandemic is impacting our research more than we thought,” says Nix. “Our goal is to buy the van, make the necessary modifications and get it running in this fiscal year.”
“We are so thrilled to be able to say that this vehicle was 100% donor funded during this particularly difficult time for taxpayers. We anticipate that the entire transportation program will be able to operate with these donated funds for one year. We look forward to finding
creative ways to maintain the financial self-sufficiency of the program without relying on HCACC operating expense funds. »
Since 2019, HCACC has been able to save hundreds of lives by transporting dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation to animal organizations in the North East for adoption. Without their own van, HCACC had to rely on the generosity of other relief groups to provide unused space on their transports or borrow other vehicles from nearby shelters.
The new van will have the capacity to transport 20 adult dogs and/or 40 cats per trip, enabling HCACC to rescue over 1,000 homeless animals per year. This figure is more than double the current transport rate. Freeing up more space in the shelter will reduce the number of animals that need to be euthanized due to overcrowding in the shelter.
To learn more about HCACC, visit https://www.habershamga.com/animal-control.cfm.