ANTIGO - Three years ago the Langlade County Humane Society found itself in some financial trouble.
"I think it was $19.10 in our checking account," said Board President Bob Zoretich.
But thanks to a supportive community, the humane society bounced back.
"During the next week we raised $13,000 dollars," said Zoretich.
Zoretich says the shelter depends on those kinds of donations to keep caring for the animals.
"Our expenses are almost $200,000. We have to raise that money. About 95 percent of that money is all from donations and grants," Zoretich said.
But those are just day to day expenses like food, medicine, and vet checks.
When it comes to things like building improvements, it takes more than the average donation.
"We've been working hard to try to go out and write grants and get grants for our humane society," said Zoretich.
Grants from The Remington Foundation gave the shelter a new roof, heating system, and more recently, new dog kennels.
Two years ago the humane society got at a $35,000 grant from the PETCO Foundation that helped pay for a brand new building.
"It really helps us to adopt the animals out, make the environment better for our animals and the people and community that come in and visit us," said Zoretich.
But Zoretich says this is just these are just the first of what is hopefully many improvements to come.
"The building across the street here, a couple steps away is about 30 some years old," said Zoretich. "After time, you just have to think about how to take care of the animals and to build something in the community that's going to last."
The Langlade County Humane Society recently set up a Legacy Program.
People can now leave donations to humane society in their will.
Caring Paws is also holding an online auction.
Follow the link below for more information.