FOX47 NEWS - Animal Shelter Faces Closure

Jeff Angileri
Aug 19, 2008, 9:36 PM

The Iowa County animal shelter posted an urgent message today: Too many animals, and not enough resources to care for them. Now, shelter officials are pleading to the community for help.

This an organization that relies entirely on donations. With rising operating costs and a poor economy, those dollars aren't going as far as they used to.

We need to grow our base of support if we're going to be able to keep our doors open, said Cheri Phillmore, ICHS Outreach Director. It's that critical.

Expenses for utilities, staff, and animal care cost $300,000 this year. There are also more animals...600 taken in this year, only half of which were adopted.

This is a no kill facility, said Phillmore. So, animals that are brought to us, we keep in our care, until we are able to find them appropriate new homes.

The shelter also took in 18 dogs during the summer flood; 3 have not yet returned home.

Without additional funds, organizers say this safe haven could soon close.

Phillmore said, It's very difficult emotionally for us to worry and wonder what will happen if the doors close here. Where will these animals go?

Much of the burden will fall on the Iowa County Sheriff's Department, which counts on the humane society to field animal calls.

They do a lot of the initial call-taking on animal neglect, and animal abuse reports, said Sheriff Steve Michek. That would mean I would have to send deputies to those types of calls.

The humane society is inviting everyone to an informational meeting to discuss ways to save the shelter, and provide long-term funding.

That's happening August 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Stonefield Apartments, 407 E. Madison Street, Dodgeville, WI.

Website: www.ichs.net

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