Carbon County Animal Shelter needs your help.

To help offset the annual costs $92,000 the county depends on donations from the community and funding from the state to close the budget gap, but a weak economy has caused funding sources to dry up and less donations to be given.

That's why Tom Zimmerman IV, a volunteer at the shelter and a concerned citizen, is organizing a volunteer group to raise money for the shelter to cover expenses.

Zimmerman contacted Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard and asked if he could organize a fundraising committee for the shelter.

Now he and the group of volunteers will be starting a letter writing campaign, which will ask all Carbon County residents to donate $2 to cover the shelter's expenses. He noted that if every county resident there are 65,249 gives $2, a total of $130,498 would be raised, more than enough to cover the annual budget of the shelter.

Other fundraisers, including a basket raffle, are in the works, Zimmerman added.

Volunteers for the shelter, as well as adoptable pets will also be attending Rockin' Rescue today, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Lehighton Park.

Debbie Craver, county animal warden, said she hopes community events like this will help many of the 30-plus dogs currently at the shelter, find forever homes.

Zimmerman added that a meeting of a group of concerned citizens hoping to form a non-profit organization to help the shelter is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., July 23, at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency in Nesquehoning.

For more information on becoming a fundraising volunteer, call Zimmerman at (610) 509-4091 or email him at tomzim4@yahoo.com [3].

For more information on adoptable pets or on the shelter, call (570) 325-4828, visit petfinder.com or the shelter's Facebook page.