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Bark, Meow and Purrrrrrrrr......
October 24, 2013 - Steve Schulwitz
I enjoy doing news stories about the Huron Humane Society. The staff has always been very accommodating and honest and let's face it I love visiting the shelter to give the dogs and cats a little attention.
The trouble is I have three pets at home already and each time I go to the shelter it takes every ounce of my will to not add another. The two cats and kitten we currently have already keep us busy and with me working full-time and my wife in college full-time adopting a dog is out of the question, for now.
It still doesn't make it any easier when I spend time with all of the beautiful animals staving for attention and waiting for a home. Right now the shelter is full well beyond capacity and new adoptions, fosters and supplies are needed badly. The community has always rallied to the cause of the HHS and it appears as if it is going to be called upon again for support.
I hope people realize how vital the shelter is to Alpena and Northeast Michigan. Not only does it take care of animals that are abandoned, but it is now working with Alpena County to handle animal control duties. Since taking over the county service staff has realized there is a serious stray cat problem and they are working hard to combat it. As a result the population at the shelter has increased in a big way.
I know there are a lot of people out there who have pets already and maybe it just isn't possible to adopt another, but you could provide a foster home until the pet finds a permanent home. For each pet fostered it open up enough space to add another animal that is homeless and in need of help.
Even if you are unable to foster a pet there are other ways you can help. you can volunteer at the shelter and take the dogs for walks, play with the cats or maybe do a load of laundry or mop a floor. You can also donate food, kitty litter or bleach, which is always in demand at the HHS. Besides homes for the animals, the biggest need is still money.
At some point I believe it is going to come to the point to where a millage request will have to be made to have a new shelter constructed and to assist financially. I hope when, or if, that time comes the people will be as supportive as they have in the past. If the shelter were to be forced to close its doors it would be a huge loss to the community and another loss of service for the public.
People always like to refer to the Northern Light Arena, the APlex and the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary as "jewels" in our community. In my opinion the Huron Humane Society is also a gem and something the community will miss much more than maybe what they realize now if it were to close.
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