ISLAND PARK, NY — More than 30 cats are hoping to be adopted. However, the future isn’t certain for the kitties. The Long Beach Humane Society is in desperate straits financially.

Although operational since the mid-1970s, the pandemic sent the nonprofit, 501 (c) organization into a downward spiral.

“We can possibly close,” director Helen Aloi told Patch that the Humane Society needs to raise $50,000 to stay afloat.

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While millions of cats have been saved since opening decades ago, the loss of fundraising since COVID “hit us really hard,” she said.

Adoptions were greatly reduced during the pandemic, but they still cared for animals, many of whom were sick, adding to the expenses for the Long Beach Humane Society and its “Kitty Cove.”

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“We’re trying to raise some money so we can continue doing what we are here to do,” Aloi said.

One way to recoup money is the “Bowling for Kitties” Feb. 25 event. It’s $35 ($40 at the door) at Maple Lanes RVC.

But Aloi understands her organization isn’t the only one struggling, as their last fundraiser brought in a fraction of the typical amount.

Another key to stretching the money available is “limiting the spending.” They are not taking in more animals at this point to cut down on additional overhead.

The asking donation to adopt is $200. Aloi said that figure is a drop in the bucket, compared to what’s laid out for medical treatment to get the kittens ready for adoption.

Money is most important, but people can also donate food or their time to volunteer at the Austin Boulevard location.

The Long Beach Humane Society is open seven days a week: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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“[People] are welcome here anytime,” Aloi said. “They can donate their time just to hang out with them. They’ll fall in love. I promise.”

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