by Dennis Dalman
Good news is bursting out all over at the Tri-County Humane Society based in St. Cloud, where the adoption rate for for adult cats is up 60 percent from this same time last year.
Another bit of good news is that all of those cats were vaccinated, micro-chipped and spayed or neutered before being adopted. A big reason for the increase in adoptions is the society’s ongoing bargains: two kittens for the price of one, name-your-price on cats six months and older and free cats one year and older for senior citizens, veterans or soldiers now serving.
Still more good news is that the humane society’s annual fundraiser, “Woofstock,” raised $50,366 recently at Wilson Park. More than 500 people and 325 pets attended the event, which included displays, food and a 5k “Companion Walk,” all done up in a 1960s hippy Woodstock theme, complete with tie-dyed clothing for both people and pets. The amount raised was $366 more than the annual goal of $50,000 and about $5,000 more than was raised last year.
The money will go mainly for veterinary services that include vaccinations, de-worming, de-fleaing, neutering, spaying and micro-chipping. The Tri-County Humane Society for the past year or so has a policy of not adopting out cats and dogs unless they are first spayed or neutered. Some of the money raised will also go toward the shelter’s utility bills.
But wait, there’s more; there’s more good news. On Oct. 1, there was a grand opening at “For Pets’ Sake Thrift Store,” located at 1313 2nd St. S. right next to the Minnesota School of Business in St. Cloud. The store, which used to be called “Healing Journey,” is stocked with virtually all kinds of thrift items, such as household goods, clothing, pet supplies and more. All of it is donated by supporters of the humane society and others. Proceeds will go to the humane society for its ongoing work.
The hours of the store are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The phone number of For Pets’ Sake Thrift Store is 253-5458.
For more about the thrift store, watch for a feature story about it in an upcoming Newsleader.
- [/media-credit]Vicki Davis, director of the Tri-County Humane Society, cuts a ribbon just before the 5k “Woofstock” event, which raised more than $50,000 for the humane society, an amount that beat this year’s goal.[/media-credit]Face-painting was a popular activity during the 2012 “Woofstock Companion Walk” that took place Sept. 29. It is the most important annual fundraiser for the Tri-County Humane Society.
- Josie Moen of St. Cloud performs with her dog during the recent annual “Woofstock” event sponsored by the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud’s Wilson Park. Moen is a member of the Twin Cities Disc Dog Club.[media-credit name=”contributed photo” align=”alignnone” width=”300″