Bay Area Pet Adoptions is sending out an S.O.S. They need money to stay open in 2014 and keep helping animals.
"We just need some money to come in, bottom line we really do," expressed Raymond McChristian, Bay Area Pet Adoptions Manager.
The non-profit shelter has been rescuing animals since 1967. They take them from "kill shelters" where they were scheduled to be euthanized and work on placing them in loving homes.
In recent years, a shortage of donations has drastically cut the number of animals they are able to save: from 352 in 2011; down to 132 in 2012, to just 118 last year.
"Hundreds of dogs' and cats' lives depend on us," said Cynthia Kelley, volunteer and Board of Directors Member for Bay Area Pet Adoptions. "If we close down, that's 200-300 cats and dogs that we aren't going to be able to rescue."
They've already made cuts by closing down kennels and cutting back to only a third of their capacity.
"The reason why the numbers are low is because we just don't have any money to take in any animals," explained McChristian. "We just can't afford it."
With no more cuts possible, the only option left is to close their doors completely.
"The bottom line is that we are broke," said McChristian. "If we don't get some money, we won't be able to stay open for another five to six months."
There are several ways to donate. Even shopping on Amazon.com can help their fundraising efforts. Find more information on how to help or to learn how you can donate, visit their website BayAreaPetAdoptions.org.