(MCT) -- Henderson County Humane Society says if it doesn’t get more money, it will have to close.
HCHS representative Casey Campbell spoke out during a recent meeting of Athens City Council.
"The shelter here in Athens provides exemplary service to the citizens here in Athens, and to the animals it takes in," Campbell said.
The shelter has a no refusal policy and took 4,594 animals in 2013.
The animals are cared for by six employees and 10 volunteers, Campbell said.The cost of caring for animals and keeping the office running was $247,000 in 2013.
Campbell said funding from Athens and Henderson County was $92,000. Of that, $19,200 came from the city.
"In order to meet that demand and bridge the $155,000 gap, the Humane Society has been forced to exhaust most of its emergency funds," Campbell said. "It's predicted that at the end of 2013, they will have exhausted all of the emergency funds."
Campbell said if HCHS doesn't get more funding, it will be forced to close when the contracts expire at the end of the year.
"If it does, by state law, the county, and or city, will be forced to shoulder that burden of the $5,000 animals that come in every year," Campbell said.