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Helping Hounds at risk of closing

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Dewitt is at risk of closing and needs additional donations to stay open.
DEWITT, NY (WSYR-TV) - Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Dewitt is at risk of closing and needs additional donations to stay open.

Helping Hounds was founded three years ago to rescue dogs that were being euthanized at shelters. Heading into 2013, President and Founder Karen Kukla says the economy has taken a toll.

"Our January budget is in trouble. It is in big trouble. We have seen a decrease in adoptions and somewhat of a decline in donations as well. So, we're struggling this year,” said Kulka.

According to Kulka, the cost each month to house the dogs is about $10,000. That does not include food or vet services for the animals.

Helping Hounds is asking for direct donations or gift cards to PetSmart and Tractor Supply. 

If you don’t have money to donate, Helping Houds will accept your time. Fundraising volunteers are needed to help keep the doors open long-term.

"The possible scenarios are ultimately closure. What it will mean for the dogs is hundreds of perfectly adoptable dogs will never get a chance at a home and a life in Central New York,” said Kulka.

"Their work is really important, saving these dogs, that are just abandoned or sometimes misused and I think it is really important for the community to know that,” said Jim Potts, who adopted a dog from Helping Hounds.

To donate, call 315-510-6618 or click here.

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