Steamboat Springs Diane James has been working very hard to make life easier for the domestic pets in Routt County, but she has yet to see her efforts pay off.
James, who organized an eight-week auction to raise money for services offered through the Humane Society, including the spay/neuter program, has received little response.
"I'll persevere," she said. "It's very deflating when you work so hard and don't get anything back."
James said the packages auctioned off have all been worth at least $700 but have been selling in the auction for $100 to $200.
This week, a painting by local artist Susan Schiesser is being auctioned off.
James said she is thrilled to have such an outstanding artist donate artwork to the cause but will be devastated if the painting sells for less than its $2,500 value.
She said the painting will be an original portrait of a pet of the winner of the auction a treat for any local animal lover.
James said Schiesser is a well-known artist who currently has paintings displayed at Toys in the Attic.
She said once locals see Schiesser's work, they will realize her extraordinary talent and will cherish the opportunity for her to paint an original painting of their favorite pet.
"I'm thrilled to death by the generosity of the donors and the volunteers," said Josie Dean, president of the Humane Society.
In addition to the Schiesser painting, a day of golf for four will be auctioned off from now until May 1. James said the package is worth $500 at regular prices.
"I'm hoping the golf package will go especially now," she said.
James said the auction might not turn out as she would like, but she is not giving up anytime soon. She said she is hopeful the community will start to participate in an important cause.
James said she is going to establish more fund-raising efforts that will include a golf tournament among other things.
"We run out of money throughout the year and get replenished with donations," Dean said.
She said with proceeds generated through fund-raising, the Humane Society hopes to have all pets at the shelter spayed or neutered before they are adopted. She said spay/neuter programs will reduce the number of unwanted pets that end up at the shelter.
With additional proceeds, Dean said the Humane Society would like to expand its education program and put money in its emergency-needs fund for animals needing medical assistance.
Dean said the Humane Society would also like to order a van so community members could get a chance to see cats or dogs that need adopting from the shelter.