Local animal lovers planning fundraiser for Humane Society

By YOLO FRANCO, News Reporter

MCDONOUGH COUNTY, Illinois (NEWS 3) — An animal-loving organization in McDonough county is challenging the community to raise money for a great cause.

The Humane Society of McDonough County (HSMC) presents its annual Brix Challenge.

The Brix Challenge started seven years ago when Chris Brix went to Patty Nemec, a member of the HSMC, with the idea of creating a fund for the Humane Society. Nemec came up with the challenge of raising as much money as the community can in order to help animals in the county get adopted, fostering sheltered animals and much more. Brix will then will match $1,000.

In the first six years of the challenge, they have raised more than $71,000. Last year alone they raised a little over $13,000.

In 2019, HSMC was able to help 125 dogs and 245 cats get adopted through the challenge.

“No donation too small,” Nemec said. “One dollar or $1,000, it’s still going to used for the same cause, and that’s to help animals in our county.”

Aside from promoting adoption it also assists with the ongoing care and well-being of animals at the McDonough County Animal Shelter, sponsoring and fostering sheltered animals, reducing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs, providing medical care, the pet food pantry and helping pet owners who are struggling to keep their pets at home.

The challenge runs through Oct. 31.

Donations can be sent to: The Brix Challenge, Humane Society of McDonough County, P.O. Box 7Macomb, Ill. 61455.

You can also use PayPal on the humane society’s website at www.hsmcil.org