For the past week, callers to the Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) have been greeted with less than pleasant news.
The humane society is not able to take on and house new or stray animals until December due to a lack of funding, according to president Sandy Corbet.
CCHS operates through the help of volunteer fosters. Corbet herself has played host to six foster dogs in addition to her own Great Danes over the summer.
Corbet said donations have been down severely, even from some consistent, longtime donors. Part of the problem, she said, was many people were confusing the county humane society with Fulton's animal control department. Donations have fallen short coinciding with Garrett Animal Shelter's fundraising campaign to build a new shelter - to which CCHS would not have access to bring rescued animals.
"Garrett had a booth across from us doing fundraising for the new shelter at the Street Fair, and what I noticed was people would come over and say, "Oh, we already gave over at your other booth,'" said Corbet. "It's like the word "Kleenex.' It's a brand, but people think it means (tissues). ... It's been a constant battle to remind people."