Northwoods Humane Society can “breathe a little easier” in the aftermath of what has been a successful fundraising effort, to fill a revenue gap threatening to close the shelter doors. Brenda Zelinka says the Northwoods Humane Society “...is excited to say we have met our financial goal of $60,000 to carry us through the rest of 2012. “The generosity, encouragement, and kind words are sincerely appreciated by Northwoods’ Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and of course the cats and dogs.”
As director of the local animal humane society Zelinka said the “day-to-day work” was enriched by the outpouring of support once word got out (story July 26) about the financial situation. “First and foremost the support and encouragement from everyone who called or stopped by to express their concern was wonderful to see.” Zelinka said the hope is that this interest and support continues. Not only does the group provide a place to adopt household pets it also works with some local law enforcement agencies needing kennel space for animal control. Northwooods Humane Society sets up low cost spay and neutering services and takes in an ever-growing stray/abandoned population of cats and dogs. If you like to volunteer and are 16 years old at least and have four hours per month to devote to the effort-- contact Northwoods at its website and go to “Get Involved” for an on-line application. The Wyoming Dairy Queen also helps support Northwoods every second Wednesday of the month, it donates 10 percent of total sales to Northwoods. The D.Q. is on the east side of the freeway on Viking Blvd.
Also-- Saturday October 13, the humane society takes a field trip to Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet in Forest Lake for a remote adoption and education event. Call the store at 651-982-1897 to make sure the event is underway. The Northwoods Humane Society volunteer Board is in need of directors. Or if you’d rather be in on the revitalization of some of the project committees, you are invited to learn more. E mail the humane society at Info@northwoodshs.org or call 651-982-0240, extension 14 for Zelinka. To help the humane society avoid future budgeting crises and to simplify revenue projections, the best way to support the work done by the society is to donate through Razoo. This is an on-line service that accepts monthly pledges, see http://www.razoo.com/story/SustainingSupporters-1. Or you can mail a donation directly to the shelter on Hwy. 8 in Wyoming, at 7153 Lake Blvd. Forest Lake, MN 55025. And, why not consider adding a pet to your household. The shelter is open for adoptions, (prices vary) Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.