Brix Challenge 2020

The Humane Society of McDonough County (HSMC) is excited to kick off this year’s seventh annual Brix Challenge.  Although Chris and his sidekick, PeeWee, have moved to Alabama, their hearts are still in Macomb with the community and the HSMC. Once again Chris has promised to match $1,000.00 in donations to the HSMC that are received between now and October 31, 2020.

Due to tremendous community buy-in over the past six years the Brix Challenge has been the leading fundraiser for the HSMC, allowingus to continue our assistance for animals in need in McDonough County. No donation is too small.  Every dollar donated impacts an animal’s life.   

This year our need is greater than ever.  We are hoping this year’s Challenge results will be bigger than ever as well.  COVID-19 has made it necessary to cancel or postpone our traditional annual fundraisers indefinitely.  This has had a direct impact on our revenue stream despite the fact that the need for assistance for many animals and pet owners has actually increased.  Continuing to operate at the level of assistance needed is a challenge itself.  We hope you will join us this year. 

Your contribution to this year’s Brix Challenge will directly support the HSMC’s ongoing initiatives including:

  • Promoting adoption of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter;
  • Sponsoring and fostering those Shelter animals that need more assistance in finding homes.
  • Reducing cat overpopulation in the County via the spay/neuter program;
  • Continuing enhancements for the comfort of the animals at the animal shelter;
  • Providing medical care to Shelter and County animals in need; and
  • Helping pet owners struggling to keep their pets at home via the Pet Supply Pantry.

The HSMC is a 100% volunteer, State of Illinois not-for-profit organization and a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supported entirely by 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-administered shelter.  Our various efforts to help animals in need are the same whether those animals are at the county animal shelter waiting for a forever home, living with their families, or are in need for another reason.We value our partnership with the community members of McDonough County and the support demonstrated by its citizens during our various fund-raising 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.

We have also made a commitment to raise the substantial sum needed for a new County Animal Shelter to replace the current facility which was built in the early 1980s.  The Shelter Building Campaign will be a fundraising endeavor separate from our efforts to maintain our annual operating budget crucial to supporting HSMC programs and initiatives. 

Join the 2020 Brix Challenge.  This year we need you more than ever and so do the animals whose lives you will touch.  Your generosity counts so much! 

Tax-deductible donations to may be sent to:

                                                The Brix Challenge 2020

                                                Humane Society of McDonough County

                                                PO Box 7                               

                                                Macomb, IL 61455Or by using the PayPal option on the Humane Society website at

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