The McPherson County Humane Society is entirely operated by donations and volunteer support.

The McPherson County Humane Society is entirely operated by donations and volunteer support.

“We rely strictly on fundraisers just to keep our doors open,” said Debbie Gray, president of the humane society.

The humane society will host a fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, beginning with a barbecue lunch at The Stone Chimney, 1500 E. First St. The fundraiser also will host a concert by blues artist Kelly Hunt at 7 p.m. Saturday at the McPherson Opera House.  

The barbecue lunch is by free-will donation. Ticket prices for the concert are set at $25, $21 and $17.

The prices determine the quality of seating at the concert.

The fundraiser is sponsored by The Stone Chimney. Toni Bandy, owner of The Stone Chimney, said the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, during which a 10 percent discount will be available on all items in the store, and 25 percent of sales will go back to the humane society.

Dr. Mark Handlin, with Heartland Veterinary Clinic, also will provide microchipping services for dogs.

A microchip implant is a small chip inserted under the skin of an animal that animal shelters and humane societies use to return lost animals to their owners.

Gray said the funds go toward everything the humane society does. While available funds always are a concern, she said the humane society focuses first on the care of animals.

“There are things you can’t necessarily budget for, because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring,” Gray said. “We never turn our backs on an animal when they need it. As a humane society, we can’t stand by when an animal suffers.”

When an injured animal without an owner is found, the humane society provides for the animal’s medical care, Gray said. He said that, sadly, this happens far too often.

Gray said the humane society also offers a trap, neuter and release program for cats in order to curb the number of feral cats in McPherson. Gray said the humane society has taken in 13 kittens within the last few days.

“We normally have around 75 to 80 pets at the humane society,” he said, “but it can go to 100 easily depending on an influx of kittens.”

Gray said she wished more owners would take advantage of the society’s T&R program.

“It’s easier than dealing with seven kittens,” she said.

The McPherson County Humane Society is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, but is available to look at cats anytime.

For tickets to the concert, call the McPherson Opera House at 620-241-1952. For more information on the humane society, including donations and volunteer opportunities, call Debbie Gray at 620-480-0125 or Mary Stesses, treasurer of the McPherson County Humane Society, at 242-6580.

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