The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that through September 30, 2013, any gift contributed to the WHS Racine Campus will be doubled, thanks to a matching grant from the Sam and Gene Johnson Community Fund. The fund will match up to $75,000, doubling the charitable impact of donations made to help Racine’s homeless, injured and abused animals.
“The Wisconsin Humane Society is deeply committed to protecting, saving and finding loving homes for neglected and mistreated animals in our community,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO Johnson Outdoors; and, Chairman Johnson Bank. “We applaud the organization’s hard work and hope others will join us in supporting their efforts.”
The Wisconsin Humane Society assumed the assets of Racine’s former Countryside Humane Society (CHS) on January 1, 2013. Since then, adoptions have doubled under the new management, and not a single animal in the adoption program has been euthanized for space or time, a policy WHS has adhered to since 1999.
“On behalf of the animals who will be served by this incredible gesture, we couldn’t be more grateful for the support of the Sam and Gene Johnson Community Fund,” said Anne Reed, Executive Director of WHS. “A gift like this is a catalyst that opens hearts and inspires others to give.”
Although donations have surpassed the $24,000 that was raised in 2012 by CHS, WHS’s annual fundraising goal for the Racine Campus is a more aggressive $300,000. A successful matching campaign will ensure that the shelter makes its annual budget.
“Every gift makes an impact,” Reed said. “Whether it’s a $25 check or a $2,500 one, we need the support of people who love this community and its animals.”
To make a contribution, visit http://savinglives.wihumane.org/site/PageNavigator/Racine75Kmatch.html or simply mail your contribution to Wisconsin Humane Society, Attn: Racine Donations, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208. All donations made to the Racine Campus will be allocated to the organization’s shelter animals in Racine and are tax-deductible.