Independence High School student volunteers hosted a Christmas spaghetti dinner for the community.
Proceeds from the meal will go directly to the Raleigh County Humane Society. They need $80,000 by the end of this month to keep the shelter up and running.
Since January of this year, the Humane Society has taken in over 1,200 animals, but if sufficient funding doesn't come, the shelter will be forced to close.
The shelter took a hit this year after medical emergencies for the shelter animals cost more than $150,000. That's left them short for things like taxes, power, water, and supplies.
For one student volunteer helping raise funds for the shelter hits him close to home.
"All of my animals have come from the Raleigh County Humane Society. A lot of them would have probably been put down if this shelter had been a no kill shelter. I felt it was my responsibility as a good citizen to help and protect and preserve our no kill status of the Raleigh County Humane Society," Junior, and volunteer, Isaac Raines said.
Raleigh County Humane Society is not owned by the county. Most of the expenses are covered by community donations. If you would like to make a donation, you can contact the Raleigh County Humane Society at 304-253-8921.