By Leila Dycus staff writer

On Saturday staff, friends and volunteers of The Humane Society of Morgan County took to the Quality Lube parking lot to wash cars and raise money for their newest cause. “We enjoyed interacting with the public as many folks brought their clean cars for a bath just to support the cause,” said Humane Society of Morgan County Director Belinda Bell. On Saturday June 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) held a car wash. Money from the event went to their newest cause of buying a new van. The day brought a steady flow of cars to the Quality Lube parking lot raising $322 for the cause. Recently, HSMC kicked off their newest campaign to raise money for a new van. Bell said that a van is pivotal in the group’s efforts to find animals forever homes. Without reliable transportation the team could not rescue animals or provide their residents with medical care. Another use for the van is to take animals to offsite adoptions and events. These offsite adoptions all HSMC to find animals homes that might not happen at their center alone. Saturday’s car wash was also a chance for Morgan County residents to buy raffle tickets.

Currently, HSMC is selling raffle tickets for a $900 visa gift card. Tickets are one dollar and can be purchased at the adoption center. The winner will be drawn on July 12 at the HSMC’s next big event their birthday party. “The humane society is celebrating 20 years of commitment to saving animals lives and that speaks volumes,” said Bell. Three years ago the HSMC opened it’s adoption center on Fairground Road. The addition of this center has opened doors for volunteers, civic groups, churches, schools and so much more to become involved in whatever way they can.

The birthday party on July 12 will celebrate everything that is HSMC. “I think people should come out because it’s a family friendly event,” said HSMC Office Manager Tera Cochran. “We will have birthday cake, various games, hotdogs and hamburgers, bounce house, animal demonstrations, cake walk, decoration contest and cake auction.” Beyond all that the event will include a Jail and Bail where various community members will submit themselves to “jail” as they raise their bail or money to stay in jail longer. Proceeds from the event will go towards the van fund.

“It takes a lot of planning, organizing and even funds to hold an event such as this,” said Bell. “Anyone interested in helping with demonstrations, gift cards to grocery stores, cake decorating and more should contact us as soon as possible.” The car wash, raffle and birthday party funds will all come together to help the HSMC afford a new van. The goal of this summer’s events is to raise $20,000 to pay for the van. For more information or to get involved with HSMC visit their website at www.humanemorgan.org.