White River Humane Society Asks For Increase In Contributions From City Of Bedford

(BEDFORD) – Debbie Stailey from the White River Humane Society asked the Bedford City Council for an increase in donations to the agency for 2021.

“We only receive 28 percent of our funding from government agencies,” stated Stailey during her presentation Monday evening.

Non-profits were not able to have fundraisers this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last increase for the White River Humane Society was in 2014, which increased from $25,000 to $30,000.

Lawrence County Council members cut the White River Humane Society’s request to $45,000. This year the White River Humane Society requested $50,000 from Lawrence County.

Here is a list of current contributions from local government bodies to the White River Humane Society:

  • City of Bedford – $30,000
  • Lawrence County Council – $45,000
  • City of Mitchell – $8,000
  • Town of Oolitic – $1,000

The city council members discussed trying to make a one time contribution of $10,000 this year, and maybe another $10,000 contribution sometime in 2021 to help the agency through this difficult time. However, council members did not want to increase their annual contribution permanently at this time.

The White River Humane Society says they would appreciate individual financial contributions at this time.