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Q: Is the shelter you are supporting really in dire need of a makoever?

January 4, 2009 | By jennifer r. | 16 answers | Expired: 2016 days ago

jennifer r.

Describe the shelter you are supporting and why you think it is the best candidate for the makeover. I would still like to hear from the supporters of the nice new shelters and what they plan to do with the money only prizes if you know!

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Tonya G.
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Jan 18, 2009

I seriously would say that we are in MORE than dire need of the makeover. We are currently based out of a very generous farmers barn. We are caring for over 70 cats and at least 12 dogs in this barn. There are no bathrooms for volunteers and no room for one on one time for potential adopters. We recently bought some land but need to pay the land off before we start building. We have been moving up the Zootoo ladder really well for the amount of people we have compared to the cities we are competing with.

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Carolyn
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Jan 17, 2009

Barron County Humane Society had problems earlier with their heating system not working well, this year with the weather being so cold, water dishes were iced over in the mornings. They made due however they could, not having the budget to overhaul for the needed repairs. I believe someone donated money to get the heating system fixed. They could do great things in updating their facility for the animals with some money award.

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Wendie
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Jan 17, 2009

We only have twelve large dog kennels and we take in close to 200 animals a month. We are the only animal shelter within a 40 mile radius in a rural farming community so we see hundreds of unwanted litters of farm puppies and farm kitties. Many other shelters talk about upgrading their spay/neuter program, we don't have one!! The most extensive thing we can do in our medical room is clean ears and given vaccinations. We have to take every injured/sick animal to the vet, costing us thousands of dollars a month because we don't have the resources to do even basic vetting at the shelter. Our washer and dryer break down about once a year, causing us to drive several miles to the laundrymat 3-4 times a day and spend $20+ a day doing laundry until we can afford to have someone come fix the washer and dryer, a hefty repair bill when someone has to drive 1.5 hours to get to us. The list goes on and on.....

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Cindy C.
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Jan 07, 2009

I have been a long time supporter and volunteer at the Cocheco Valley Humane Socitey in Dover, N.H. As with many other shelters, space is at a premium. They are currently housed in a 100 year old former piggery on the grounds of the old County Farm. Administrative offices are in a series of old modular trailers, all linked together. To top it off, yesterday, the county commissioners decided to stop funding those programs they are not required by law to fund, so CVHS has lost the county funds. Its such a great shelter, and a shame they struggle so much./

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Becky B.
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Jan 06, 2009

I have been at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center for sixteen years. Yes, I know the facility is absolutely beautiful, however we are capable of doing so much more. We already have programs in place to assist partnering facilities. But with our reputation already in place. We can do so much more. With the winnings, we can not only improve our buildings (which are crumbling as I write this) but we are capable of expanding all of our programs far beyond what we do now. Every employee is an expert in their field and are more then willing to extend their knowledge in NJ and well beyond our borders. I truly believe that the impact of the money won would build new community and educational services invaluable to all of us. I have seen first hand how we have grown and I cannot wait to see how what comes next. The million dollars would go much further with us then "just building a new building" in turn we could help many more shelters struggling to make ends meet throughout the country.

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Dstrykr
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Jan 06, 2009

Oh my goodness. Just go to the Liberty Humane Shelter (not Society) and check out their review pictures and service pictures. They operate out of a 50 year old, cinder block building. They have to use extension cords, to tie into extension cords to get the power they need for their electrical items. They have to hit their washer to get it to work. Their plumbing is just as old as the building and the water is "nasty"! I invite you to visit them on zootoo. I know they will probably just tear down the facility they have now and start all over and you would understand if you came to visit them.

Don't get me wrong, they are hard workers and very clean. They do the best they can with what they have and that saves so many lives. But they truly, truly, need help!

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sandy h.
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Jan 05, 2009

Absolutely, They need much more room. They work so hard there to spay and neuter and find homes for Cats. All are dedicated volunteers and started this place on their own without funding other than their own pockets. They have helped the community so much and could do so much more with a new surgical room etc. Go PAAWS

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Amy H.
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Jan 05, 2009

The Barron County Humane Society really need the help. They did build a new comlex a few years ago but it strill isnt big enough tohouse all the animals they have. We also need an animal control officer around here. Right now the cops are supposed to handle all animal problems but they dont really seem to care about animals.
Earlier this summer I saw several dogs locked in hot cars with the windows upo and the cops sid there was n nothing they could do about it or that the dogs loooked fine.

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Hgtrader
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Jan 05, 2009

T he Bowling Green Warren Co Humane Society has a small trailor where they do spay and nuetering. They need a big building.

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Cindy
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Jan 04, 2009

I would also like to see the DRHS add a wildlife rehab program, but I don't know if they have plans fo doing that. I submitted this suggestion in a questionnaire, but have no knowledge as to whether they plan to include a rehab center. We have none in the tri-state area and consequently, we have no way of legally helping wildlife that could benefit from even the most rudimentary program.

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