Humane Society of Davidson County in need of donations

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Sheila Kupchik is an animal lover.

She's had lots of pets throughout the years, but right now she owns two cats.

Kupchik says at times it's been hard taking care of them.

She's retired and lives on a fixed income.

She's one of many people who have had to get help from the Humane Society of Davidson County.

The group has helped her with spay and neuter costs along with other expenses.

"They've also helped me at times of need with food," Kupchik said.

But pretty soon the nonprofit may have to scale back on how many animals it helps.

"We will have to cut the programs down," said Becky Everhart, president of the Humane Society of Davidson County.

Everhart says within the past few months, they've had an increase in animals needing to be spayed and neutered and in the number of animals brought in for foster care.

"We'll have to cut the number of animals we take in," Everhart said.

The nonprofit helps pay spay and neuter costs and vet bills for people with low-incomes.

"I don't want to have to tell that person, ‘No we cannot help you,’" Everhart said.

This month alone, its vet bill is about $14,000 -- more than twice the amount of their monthly bills.

"We cannot continue at the level we're doing now," she said.

The nonprofit has been holding two fundraisers a month and has applied for grants to fill in the gap.

Everhart says the goal is to raise at least $20,000 by December.