As is the case with most animal shelters, the Battle Mountain Humane Society in Hot Springs has a difficult time raising money to care for the dozens of abandoned pets it has taken in. But this past weekend, it got some help from a Rapid City business.
Battle Mountain Humane Society is currently taking care of 89 dogs and more than 90 cats. The cost of feeding, housing, and caring for the animals requires a constant fundraising effort by the limited staff.
“And it’s about $15,000 a month to $20,000 a month to keep the place going,” with Battle Mountain Michelle Brock said.
To help, Omni Home Financing in Rapid City recently held an event to raise money for the shelter.
“They came out one day. Wanted to look around, and I showed them around.They came back a couple more times. And they suggested doing a fundraiser to help us out,” Brock said.
Omni Home Financing asked other businesses to donate items for a sale on Saturday. The more than $400 raised went to the shelter.
“They did all the work. I just came out and brought the kids and showed them off to hopefully get them into some homes,” Brock said.
The shelter is also working on several capital improvements to the grounds and buildings at the shelter on Highway 385, north of Hot Springs.
“We’re working on improving the shelter better. We’re putting up privacy walls in all the pens. We’re doing it inside the building, outside the building, and then we’re building storm shelters for outside dogs,” Brock said.
A fire at the shelter six years ago destroyed the society’s main building, and the Battle Mountain Humane Society has been rebuilding the facility since then.