Shelter volunteer Stacy Dotson, who also serves as the shelter's fundraising coordinator, recently created "Paw Partners."
"Over the past few months, we have received a tremendous amount of dogs with medical needs," Dotson said. "The shelter just doesn't have the funds to pay for these things."
Dotson recently sent out letters to area businesses regarding the fundraising efforts. In addition, she's hoping to reach the general public as well.
Medical costs for the animals continue to rise and Dotson felt like something had to be done.
"We're asking people to help with money for the medical needs of the animals," she said.
The letter she sent out described the purpose of the effort as, "Caring and compassionate individuals and businesses make it possible for the shelter to take care of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens."
In the letter, Dotson provides statistics for potential donors, including:
* The shelter is a no-kill shelter. It does not euthanize animals for space,
* The shelter took in close to 400 animals in 2010,
* The shelter currently has approximately 70 dogs and 98 cats in need of homes,
* The shelter works with other animal welfare groups such as PetSmart to adopt the animals,
* The shelter offers help with low-cost spay and neutering,
* The shelter relies heavily on donations to care for the animals, and
* The shelter needs foster families and volunteers.
Dotson said the purpose of "Paw Partners," is essentially to help with the cost of medical needs such as surgery, preventive treatments and medications.
Providing more statistics, she said HeartWorm treatments for dogs my range from $250-$350.
"Anytime you have a shelter that is a no-kill shelter, you're going to have some problems with costs," Dotson said. "A lot of medical (needs) have come up."
Dotson said all donations will go straight to medical care for the animals in the shelter.
Currently, she is asking for gift amounts of $25, $50, $100, or other amounts.
All donations should be sent to Clay County Humane Society -- Paw Partner, Attn: Stacy Trusty-Dotson, 3025 Homestead Dr., Brazil, Ind., 47834.
"We'd like to do this once a year and have it ongoing," Dotson said. "And make it a joint venture with businesses and individuals. I think there are a lot of people that are pretty sympathetic.
"The goal is to set up a 'Help Fund,'" she added. "These funds will go right to medical needs."