By Felicia Farnsworth

Bullock County Humane Society (BCHS) Director Desiray Wilder has done a fantastic job keeping the Bullock furbabies off the streets and finding them forever homes.

In 2021 the shelter took in 783 dogs and 236 cats. The shelter was requested and approved to help an additional 136 dogs and 42 cats. These animals came from overwhelmed sister shelters such as Russell, Barbour, and Macon County throughout the year.

These animals had prearranged animal rescue transport to northern rescues. With these numbers added, BCHS housed and cared for 919 dogs and 278 cats in 2021.

“At the end of December 2021, we had 35 dogs and 18 cats in the shelter. The remaining were either sent to sister rescues up north, adopted out locally, or adopted out of state. Out of 919 dogs taken in 2021, only eight were euthanized. One was due to a human attack, and seven were due to untreatable injuries or illnesses such as vehicle accidents, gunshots, and untreatable cancer,” stated Wilder.

BCHS uses sister rescues in the northern states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New England. They also use rescues in Florida. The rescues help find homes for the animals.

BCHS has two consistent volunteers, Geoffrey Goodman, who transports unadopted shelter dogs to northern rescues, and Katie Weaver, who helps the shelter post and coordinate adoptions.

BCHS has had a few volunteers throughout the year that helped with random tasks such as dog walking, organizing, puppy baths, and more.

With the pandemic in full swing, the shelter found it hard to find dependable workers. “I am so thankful for our volunteers. It has been very hard to find dependable workers during this pandemic. Without them, it makes it hard to perform office tasks such as animal control calls and office visits.

Because of this, we were reduced to operate by appointment only so we could ensure staff was available for adoptions and so forth,” commented Wilder.

Bullock County Humane Society board meetings are held every fourth Wednesday of the month at The Hilltop Grill at 2:00 p.m. The first thirty minutes are closed to the public; however, the remaining thirty minutes are open. BCHS is always in need of food donations for both dogs and cats.

“On behalf of the Bullock County Humane Society, we would like to give a huge thank you to the Coleman Sisters, Lillian and Bella, owners of Buttermilk Farmhouse on Pike Road in Montgomery. Through their Bomb Parties, they raised a food donation of $1500 for the animals at our facility in 2021,” stated Wilder.

BCHS is a Non-Profit 501C3 organization and depends upon donations, both monetary and non-monetary, from its community and local businesses.

If you would like to donate, you may do so through the following venues: Pledges can be paid via PayPal using the rescues PayPal link Please make a note if possible who your donation is for or PayPal email: Venmo: @Bullockcountyhumanesociety. Checks can be sent via mail to the following address Bullock County Humane Society 21426 US-82 Union Springs, AL 36089

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