The Franklin County Humane Society is wrapping up its third annual Friends of FCHS Annual Giving campaign.

The drive will continue through Jan. 31.

The Humane Society, located in Union, receives no financial support from federal, state or county governments. It’s also not affiliated with the Humane Society of Missouri, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, or any other animal protective or animal shelter group.

Over the past few years, both operational costs and the demand for shelter services have risen, according to Melissa Richards, grant committee chair.

Donations, shelter fees and fundraisers have not kept up with these needs, she said.

The purpose of the annual giving campaign is to stabilize the immediate financial distress of the Franklin County Humane Society. It also will help build an endowment that may be used for future program expansion and capital improvements.

Direct donations may be sent to the Franklin County Humane Society, P.O. Box 400, Union, MO 63084.

Most of the veterinary services needed at the shelter are provided at a discount by local veterinarians. Volunteers also provide many thousands of service hours to the shelter, including fundraisers, facility maintenance and supplies, and animal adoptive events.

As the present financial strain stabilizes, the Franklin County Humane Society will focus on the future, Richards said.

The present site and facility are too small and outdated for an efficient animal shelter, she said. This has resulted in a real need for an additional, major revenue source to plan for a new facility.

One committee of experienced volunteers is working on applying for grants from various private funding sources that specifically favor animal shelter groups.

The giving campaign will continue as an annual event during the last three months of each calendar year and January of the following year.

This year’s campaign offers several forms of recognition for donors including company, individual or remembrance name in the email newsletters, print newsletters or recognition plaque on the “Friends of FCHS” shelter wall for one year.

For more information, contact Sherree Thornton at or 636-583-4300.

The Franklin County Humane Society is located at 1222 W. Main St. in Union.