Ross County Humane Society sells limited edition products

CHILLICOTHE—This winter season, you can warm your heart and your body when you purchase one of the limited-edition shirts sold by the Ross County Humane Society. Each purchase helps The Humane Society reach its goal of $2,500.

The Humane Society has held this annual fundraiser for six years now. Jenn Thomas, executive director of the Ross County Humane Society, designs a new shirt every year. She said she tries to go with something trendy and unisex that everyone can enjoy. This year it was inspired by the 80s, so the shirt has a very retro look in the design.

“I try to come up with something new every year,” Thomas said. “I try to make them as friendly to everyone as possible.”

The Ross County Humane Society does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States, so it relies on donations, grants, and fundraisers like this to continue helping area dogs. All money from this fundraiser goes to the shelter’s operating funds helping to keep the doors open.

Thomas said she got excited when she saw people at the vet or in town carrying the merchandise. It makes her happy to know that the community supports the Humane Society.

“It’s just cool to see people in the community wearing [the shirts]“, said Thomas.

Thomas said the good thing about this fundraiser is that the Humane Society never loses money. Since all merchandise is pre-ordered and shipped directly to the buyer, The Humane Society doesn’t have the ability to guess how many shirts people will buy or find a place to store stock.

“It’s less waste for us, it’s more profitable for us and it’s easier for the consumer,” Thomas said.

The limited-edition items are available online until November 28. Hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts are available in different colors and sizes. When purchasing, customers also have the option to donate additional money to the Humane Society. Once ordered, the goods should be delivered to customers before Christmas.

If shirts aren’t your thing, keep an eye out on the Ross County Humane Society’s social media page and at Ivy’s in downtown Chillicothe, as slides in various colors will soon be in stock. These are not limited editions, but the profits are still used to support the Humane Society.

Shelby Reeves is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. You can email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Shelby_Reeves_