The Pulaski County Humane Society (PSHS) held its annual meeting to recognize volunteers and choose leadership on Friday.

The meeting was hosted by Sellers Sexton in St. Robert and according to PCHS president Kim Fuhr, was the best attended meeting to date.

The organization has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of years, with increased volunteer involvement, more fundraising, and the opening of their new Loving Paws Adoption Center in Crocker.

PCHS is a local volunteer-run organization which depends solely on donations. Volunteers often spend as much or more time working for the organization than they do their regular jobs, according to Fuhr.

"Adoption center volunteers alone have logged over 200 hours a month, this year," Fuhr said.

The adoption center and the animals in foster care number 244 as of Friday's meeting for the year. Fuhr pointed out that the organization has handled more than just dogs in the last year, helping horses, a goat and even a large bird that resembled an emu called a rhea.

Fuhr said she wanted to recognize the people who volunteer and foster animals for the organization because "without them, none of it would be possible."

Fuhr presented an award to outgoing board member Marge Connors and an appreciation award to Debbie Crawford, while recognizing others who weren't present.

The organization also held its first ever Critter Camp for girls over the summer, as well as continuing to make improvements on the adoption center.

Volunteers held multiple fundraisers throughout the year including several runs, a golf tournament and a concert, as well as participating in adoption events.

Plans for next year include a fun dog show, which will likely be held in April with contests that will include best dressed dog, best dog trick, ugliest dog, cutest dog and others. The proceeds of the dog show will benefit PCHS and K's Lifesaver.

K's Lifesaver benefits Kaylea Ringis, a local child with Brittle type one diabetes who received a diabetic alert dog last year named Hope. According to Lorrie Ringis, Kaylea's mother, Hope has saved Kaylea's life several times since she became part of their family.

PCHS has teamed up with K's Lifesaver to help the Ringis family raise the money needed to pay for the purchase of Hope.

The evening wrapped up with the election of PCHS's new board which includes Kim Fuhr, Angie Johnson Cherie Rigsby, Candice West, Barbara Freeman, Shawn Layman, Barb Easterla, Connie Herndon and Tina Christenson.