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The story started in January.

The Clinton Humane Society tried to renew their normal contract with the city.

But the mayor sad no.

Now - stray animals have no where to go.

But thanks to a grassroots effort from volunteers - things may be getting back on track for the society.

"We said we will help the animals until we spend our last dime."

Sandi Bartles is the Operations Manager for the CHS. She says  a business with no funding usually doesn't work but they will try to stay afloat to serve it's main clients - the animals.

"We had so much public support," she adds. "We had so much public donation and requests that we start again because the citizens had no place to take them."

In order to make up for the lack of money - the society has had to start charging when people bring in strays - something they have never done before. 

$25 for a dog and $15 for a cat - But that is hardly enough to cover the full cost of a stay.

But a signature campaign started by volunteers from Clinton has started to yield results. 

After only a week - nearly 400 signatures are on paper - if favor of the animals and the society.

Hattie Dunham has been volunteering at this shelter for a long time - since she was a little girl.

Now- all grown up - she is part of the board here.

She says that money makes the world go round - and without it - these animals will suffer.

"We can't just give the animals love. they need food and shelter too. It will be more difficult but I hope we can work with the city eventually."

Without funds - workers here believe the shelter can maybe last for a year before running out of money. 

But hope is being held out that the petitions will find their way to City Hall - and make a difference.

"They actually show what the public feels and what they want," Dunham says. "We hope the council members who represent the people who sign the petitions will hear that."

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