$88,000. That's how much Hi-Tor Animal Shelter received in public donations as of the end of April. That's also the magic number that's going to keep Rockland's only animal shelter open through the rest of 2012. Due to financial difficulties and the condition of the building, this shelter is at risk at shutting down.
"Before we were not sure if we were going to make it to July," said Roberta Bangs, President of Hi-Tor Board of Directors. "We still need a lot more help though.
Currently, they have 39 dogs and only 30 kennels and seven are in foster care. There are 70 cats and 30-40 of them are with foster families.
"Thanks to Rockland County citizens, we have enough to make it through to the end of the year," she said at the Nanuet Civic Association meeting on Thursday night. She is also on the board of this civic association.
At the end of the meeting, the association members decided to donate $250 to the shelter. Fundraising efforts are continuing throughout the county, including a , from now through June and of course, monetary donations to the shelter itself.