This column was written by Kathy Griffin, secretary of the Aberdeen Area Humane Society board.
The goal of the Aberdeen Area Humane Society is to place animals in good homes.
From January through July of this year, around 250 animals have been placed with new owners. It is expensive to provide food and shelter for so many animals in a caring and safe environment, so financing is very important. The shelter is funded solely by memberships, donations, fundraisers and adoption fees. All money that is raised through these means goes directly to shelter expenses. The shelter receives no funding from the Humane Society of the United States or any state or local agencies.
One of our most successful fundraisers is the 2nd Paw Sale, a huge rummage sale event, which will be Sept. 29 at the Brown County Fairgrounds Clubhouse. Without our volunteers who donate hours to setting up, sorting, pricing, distributing items and working on sale day, this event would not be possible. All of the sale items are donated by generous people in our community and the surrounding area.
Our new 2013 calendar filled with pictures of animals sent in by members and our shelter animals will also be available at the sale. When the sale is over, Kids Against Hunger will take all of the items that did not sell and the books are picked up by the AAUW for their book sale. It is a good example of community organizations working together to help each other.
The humane society has a spay/neuter policy, which is donated by Dr. Bill Svensen. He visits the shelter two times a week to check the animals and to make sure they receive their distemper shots and any medications that they need. He provides a very important service for our animals. We are fortunate to have his help and expertise.
Over the course of the last year, many improvements have been made at the shelter. Volunteers have remodeled the female cat room so they can sit on a ledge and peer out the window, painted the south kennel, painted walls in the main areas and given us fencing to create new areas outside the shelter. Dogs can run, play and interact with each other instead of being confined in a kennel all the time. Volunteers can now walk the dogs or use the new areas to toss balls and play with them. The public is welcome to stop in and see the changes.
If someone suspects an animal is being abused or neglected, they should call the shelter and it will be referred to the proper authority. All calls are kept confidential.
The shelter can be reached at 605-226-1200 after 11:30 a.m. Pictures of the animals available to be adopted are posted on the websites anewleashonlife.net and petfinder.com. We are also on Facebook and would welcome new friends. Our shelter is at 2511 385th Ave. west of Aberdeen.