SALEM - The goal is $30,000 in 30 days as the Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC) launches into 2014 with a fund raiser by hosting its first ever, 24-hour "Lockdown Event" beginning today at 8 p.m. and running through 8 p.m. Saturday.
The lockdown is being held at the HSCC facility at 1825 S. Lincoln Ave. and the public is invited to visit as humane agents, staff and volunteers trade in the comforts and conveniences of their home for the confines of individual kennels.
Heather Jurina, the director of operations and humane agent, said the proceeds will be used to upgrade the kennel that while meeting acceptable humane standards, is far "from what we feel the animals deserve."
The HSCC has seven outer kennels for the larger/higher active dogs and would like to increase the number to 12 by installing new kennels and upgrading the old ones.
The $30,000 will be earmarked for Phase I shelter improvement work and much needed repairs that include an entirely restructured kennel model allowing for easier sanitation, solid wall enclosures to reduce visibility and sounds of other dogs in an effort to minimize stress levels, as well resurfacing and sealant.
During the Lockdown, Jurina explained, "We are actually going to have ourselves in the (indoor) kennels," which are four by six feet in area.
There are seven kennels in total and six will be occupied by humane agents, volunteers and one dog trainer for a day to raise awareness.
So, for 24 hours, from 8 p.m. today through 8 p.m. Saturday, anyone can stop in and see people in the kennels.
A seventh kennel will be occupied by one of the 20 resident dogs on the site.
There are also 50 cats and one bunny.
Like the dogs, the people will have a cot, she explained, and they will be let out from time to time.
"The thinking was in trying to improve the shelter this year," Jurina said, to help reduce the stress on the dogs.
There will be additional volunteers for tours, Jurina said.
HSCC will have "Lock Down" T-shirts available for $20 at the shelter during the event or they can be reserved by calling 330-332-8622.
The lockdown is sponsored by The Learning Dog Training and Enrichment Center in Hubbard that has a remote location in Salem, State Street Salon, the Veterinary Care Center of Salem on Benton Road and Turf Trax Lawn Care Service in the Lisbon-Rogers area.
Information about donations and to contribute is at: www.indiegogo.com/projects/30-000-in-30-days--31.
Checks and money orders can be sent to the HSCC, P.O. Box 101, Salem, OH 44460 and indicate "Lockdown" on the memo line.
To follow the progress of the fund raiser go to: http://igg.me/at/HSCC/x/2061239, and photos will be posted on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/roccandrescue.
The HSCC is always in need of shelter supplies and a list can be found at www.columbianahumane.org or by calling 330-332-8622.