COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Colbert County Animal Shelter workers say they’re strapped for cash to keep the shelter running, as well as being in “dire” need of animal food.
The shelter’s biggest donor can no longer donate food or money, leaving the shelter in a bind, according to animal control officer Anthony Wilbanks.
Wilbanks estimates they have just days left of dog food and a few weeks left of cat food.
On top of that, workers say the vet bills are also piling up, so the community is stepping in to help.
“The shelter’s vet bills are over $16,000. If we can help put a small dent in that it would be wonderful," said Alex Terrell.
Terrell is organizing a Dogtrot 5K and a 1-mile fun run to raise money on Saturday. The 5K takes place at the TVA Nature Trails jogging trail.
“All of it will go to vet bills spay and neuter and right now we 'don’t have the money to cover it," Terrell said. “You can come to bring your dog, and there will be kitty pools for the dogs, and drawings all sorts of stuff. You will have plenty of time to donate to the shelter. We want people active in their community involving dogs to support the shelter.”
The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the one-mile “fun run.”
Sign-in starts at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.
The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the fun run at 9 a.m.