Mazi was with Lars for one week short of a year. We pulled her from the shelter in April of 2020 as a frantic and scared dog and placed her in foster care with Lars at Gossel’s Dog House.  Mazi is now a member of Angie’s family and is content and loved in her forever home with human, canine, and feline friends.

“It took a little for her to become a dog again.  After that the humans needed to understand her history.   I can’t begin to describe how I feel and how thankful I am to this family for giving her a chance!” Lars commented after Mazi’s adoption.

Mazikeen was the fifth dog that Lars helped us with by providing foster care and training.  We so appreciate his commitment to helping scared or out-of-control dogs find their “best self” by gaining the trust, self-confidence, and manners they so need.


Notice of HSMC Annual Board Election 2022

HSMC Annual Board Election American Legion Macomb

Date: Monday, January 3, 2022 Time: 6 pm


Per Article IV, Section 7, this is notification of the slate of positions along with current nominees.  Nominees will be voted on at the Annual Board Election pursuant to Article V, Section 3.  Pursuant to Article V, Section 4: The Members of the Board of Directors can consist of up to 15 members.  HSMC members are encouraged to participate in the operation of this organization.  Please consider attending board meetings and donating your time and talents to the running of this organization.

Director:  Open to HSMC members interested in helping the animals of McDonough County by donating their time and talents to shaping the future of this organization. The purpose of this Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.

Slate of Nominees for 2022

Article V, Section 2: Only HSMC Members are eligible for election as Directors.  No individual shall derive monetary benefit of any kind from being a director.  Currently there are 13 nominees.

Board Positions                        Nominees to Date

Officer/President                           Bonnie Smith-Skripps

Officer/Vice President                   Bill Johnson

Officer/Treasurer                           Terri Hare

Officer/Secretary                            Kate Shattuck

Director                                             Sue Adams

Director                                             Amy Betz

Director                                             JB Biernbaum

Director                                             Felix Chu

Director                                             Patti Douglas

Director                                             Max Kreps

Director                                             Dave Monninger

Director                                             Ann Stites

Director                                             Jennifer Tibbitts

Director                                             Open

Director                                              Open


Humane Society of McDonough County
P.O. Box 7
Macomb, IL  61455

The Brix Challenge 2021 Results

The Brix Challenge 2021 shows strong community support for
The Humane Society of McDonough


Once again amazing community support of The Brix Challenge made this fundraiser a huge success for the Humane Society of McDonough County. That means great things for many animals in need, as well. This is the eighth year animal-lovers in our area rose to our good friend Chris Brix’ challenge to raise as many funds possible for the important work of the HSMC from late September through the end of October.  Chris’ personal pledge of $1,000 got the challenge started again this year and, once again, his idea was met with tremendous community support.  This year’s Brix Challenge raised an amazing $18,543.00 for the HSMC’s annual operating costs.  All of the funds raised will be used directly to help the animals we all care so much about.

Our regional print, radio and television media helped us reach a large number of people again this year. With their support, that of members and friends, local businesses, mailings, social media and word of mouth, The Brix Challenge caught fire once again.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in The Brix Challenge 2021. It’s difficult to express how much that kindness is appreciated or to explain the positive effect it will directly have on the animals whose lives it will touch.  To everyone who became a part of this challenge, our most sincere thanks.

The ongoing work of providing for animals in need requires significant funds and energy.  The Brix Challenge is the only challenge raising funds specifically for the extensive yearly operational expenses of the HSMC.  We have also made a commitment to raise the substantial sum needed for a new McDonough County Animal Shelter to replace the current facility, which was built in the 1980’s and is in need of being replaced.  The new building is estimated to cost over $1,000,000.00.  The “Shelter Campaign” fundraising endeavors are separate from the annual operating budget crucial to maintain the HSMC’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

The generosity of Chris Brix and those who participated in this year’s Brix Challenge will make the world a better place for many animals in McDonough County. HSMC members work tirelessly on a daily basis to continue and expand its programs and initiatives.  A few of those proudly include:

1) PROMOTING ADOPTIONS of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter via weekly posters, social media, news outlets and sponsorship; promoting adoptions of hard to place animals through reduced adoption fees and/or medical intervention, for example.

2) SPONSORSHIP AND FOSTER of those animals that don’t get adopted from the McDonough County Animal Shelter by moving those animals whose time is running out at the shelter into foster homes where they can live in a family and enjoy socialization while awaiting their forever home.

3) REDUCING OVERPOPULATION through two separate spay/neuter programs.  One serves to promote adoption of animals at the shelter by subsidizing the cost of altering animals adopted from the shelter.  The other is a partnership with the Quincy Humane Society that provides transportation and spay/neuter for barn/feral cats at no cost to the caretaker.  If space is available companion dogs and cats may take advantage of this for a nominal fee.

4) PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE to shelter and county animals in emergency situations through the discretionary use of our long-standing “Angel Fund.”

5) HELPING KEEP ANIMALS IN THEIR HOMES and with their families when they meet with financial distress via the Pet Food Pantry and through discretionary use of the “Angel Fund.”

The Humane Society of McDonough County is an all-volunteer organization, 100% dependent on donations and gifts.  Our vision is to provide humane care and treatment for all animals in McDonough County. While much of our work supports the McDonough County Animal Shelter and the animals there, we function as a separate entity from the county-administered shelter.  All contributions to the HSMC go entirely toward improving the lives of animals in our community and those at the county animal shelter.

We sincerely thank everyone who supported The Brix Challenge this year and for the confidence shown for the hard work of the HSMC.  Your choice to be a part of the Brix Challenge 2021 will make a significant difference for the animals whose lives will be touched by your thoughtfulness.  Together we can do so much.

Bark in The Park


October 30, 2021 | 9a-12p
Veterans Park, Macomb


Raising the “WOOF’ for a new animal shelter! – Cost: $5 per dog (cash only, pay at the event)

Upon entry, giveaways while supplies last. Dogs mush be leashed and under the control of a handler (Age 10+). Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Attendees must adhere to social distancing.

  • 8:30am:                         Event Check-In
  • 9:00am-12:00pm:       $10 Photo Booth (Photos provided by Krista Skien Photography)
  • 9:00-9:30am:               Macomb Police K-9 Demo
  • 10:00-11:30am:           Doggy Contests
            • Best Costume
            • Longest/shortest tail
            • Best trick
            • Longest snout
  • 10:00am-12:00pm.      Face Painting

Occuring Periodically:

          • Scavenger Hunts
          • Raffles
          • Pet Microchips for $10 (while supplies last)
          • Cake Walks (grand prize cake courtesy of Steve Silberer)


Download the Bark in The Park Flyer here


This is a fundraiser event for the Humane Society of McDonough County. All proceeds go towards the animal shelter building fund.


Brix Challenge 2021


“The Brix Challenge 2021”:
A “NON-EVENT” fundraiser for the Humane Society of McDonough County


Yet, the biggest event to raise funds for the ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS of the HSMC
and the easiest way to be a part of helping animals in need in our county! What could be better?

Chris Brix is challenging our community to raise the most funds yet for the animals needing assistance in our county. For the 8th year in a row he will match $1,000.00 in donations received between now and October 31, 2021. For the past 7 years this community has met his challenge with enormous support. ANY AMOUNT will be GREATLY APPRECIATED. ALL DONATIONS received will support the important initiatives of the HSMC and will directly help animals in need in McDonough County.

The Brix Challenge :
• is the ONLY challenge that raises funds for the ANNUAL OPERATIONAL COSTS of the HSMC (which ranges between $40,000 & $50,000 per year).
• has been the LARGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER for the HSMC’s annual operating costs for the past 7 years, raising a combined total of over $90,000.00 to be used directly for initiatives to improve the lives of animals.
• has been SUCCESSFUL in helping many animals in McDonough County because of GENEROUS SUPPORTERS such as YOU and is an EASY WAY to see your thoughtful gifts of support to the HSMC BENEFITING ANIMALS IN NEED.

These include:
Promoting adoptions of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter
Providing sponsorships for those “shelter animals” that need more assistance finding forever homes
Reducing pet overpopulation via spay/neuter programs and transports
Continuing enhancements for the comfort of animals at the county animal shelter
Providing medical care to shelter and county animals in need and to prepare shelter animals for adoption
Helping pet owners struggling to keep their pets home via the Pet Supplies Pantry and Angel Fund


To be a part of the “Brix Challenge 2021” please send your tax-deductible donations to:

“The Brix Challenge 2021”
Humane Society of McDonough County
PO Box 7
Macomb, IL 61455

You may also use the PayPal option on the HSMC website at

Together we can make a difference in the lives of many animals in need.
We hope you will join “The Brix Challenge 2021”. Thank you!

The HSMC is a 100% volunteer, State of Illinois not-for-profit organization and a qualified 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported entirely on donations and gifts. While much of our work supports the McDonough County Animal Shelter and the animals there, we function as a separate entity from the county animal shelter. We value our partnership with the community members of McDonough County and the support demonstrated by its citizens during our various fundraising efforts. We are committed to furthering our vision to provide humane care and treatment for all cats and dogs in the county, and need continued financial support to do so.

Download the Brix Challenge Poster here