MOUNT VERNON — As winter comes to a close — on the calendar at least — so has a fundraiser started to help the Knox County Animal Shelter and the Knox County Humane Society.

Jeff Campbell started the “Shorts in Winter for Shelters” campaign on GoFundMe Dec. 28, 2017, and has been wearing shorts non-stop for the campaign for the last three months. Campbell, who runs Campbell Boarding Kennels from his home, received donations from individuals stopping in the kennel totaling $1,080 and from the GoFundMe campaign which raised $4,300 online. In total, he raised $5,380, which he split evenly between the animal shelter and the humane society. Campbell noted that the GoFundMe goal was $5,000 and that he has kept the campaign left open for any last minute donations, explaining that the shelters need help year round. Campbell explained the humane society especially needs help, because it is non-profit and doesn’t receive government funding.

“The shelters work hard,” Campbell said. “They are slammed but don’t get much recognition. Just because winter is over doesn’t mean they stop. They still need money and volunteers to help clean and walk the dogs.”

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To donate to the GoFundMe campaign “Shorts in Winter for Shelters” visit Individuals can volunteer with the Knox County Humane Society by calling 740-392-2287 or by visiting and with the Knox County Animal Shelter by calling 740-393-6713 or by dropping by the shelter at 285 Columbus Rd, Mount Vernon, OH.

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Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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