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Foothills Humane Society earns $25,000 award

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

The Foothills Humane Society (FHS) was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) in December 2019. The generous donation from the longtime FHS supporter, along with 100% matching funds, will support the “Let the Dogs Out” initiative.

“Let the Dogs Out,” is a phase of an overall FHS expansion and improvement program which will be announced in January 2020. The turnouts created will allow dogs and puppies more time outdoors for play and exercise, which significantly reduces the stress of being at a shelter. Each concrete run is eight feet by 20 feet and is enclosed by an eight-foot fence, partially covered by a roof, providing shade and protection for the animals.

PCCF awarded the unrestricted grant through a competitive application process. The Foundation has been dedicated to advancing philanthropy and improving the quality of life for all citizens in the community centered in and around Polk County since 1975.

“All of us at Foothills are so grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support and commitment to the wellbeing of our animals,” says Michele Brulé, FHS Executive Director.

Construction for “Let the Dogs Out” is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2020. Those interested in contributing to the wellbeing of the animals of FHS and the support of “Let the Dogs Out” buildout, can donate online at or by mailing a check to Foothills Humane Society, PO Box 985, Columbus, NC 28722.


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