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Humane Society of Portage County fundraiser successful, more events coming

The Portage County Humane Society headquarters in Plover
The Portage County Humane Society headquarters in Plover

PLOVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- The dog days of summer means fundraising time, supporting shelter dogs and cats. One group working to support stray and adoptable animals is the Humane Society of Portage County.

Ron Blaha is the Director, and says last weekend’s Walk For Wags event at Pfiffner Pioneer Park was a successful fundraiser for the shelter.  “We don’t have the total numbers in yet, and we’ve got to look at some expenses that haven’t showed up yet, but I think a lot better than last year. It was probably a little over $15,000 that has been collected so far.”

Animal shelters may vary a bit on how they’re managed or how many animals they take care of, but there is one thing they all know. It’s expensive to take care of animals.  “Very much so. You know, there’s a lot of medications, food, the care of having people come in to clean the cages and the kennels takes a lot of time and effort, and money.”

The Humane Society of Portage County has several adoptable dogs and cats looking for new homes. Blaha says they always have plenty to pick from, including some cute and friendly long-haired kittens near the front lobby.  “Normally, our dogs are pretty well at capacity, and that runs about 30 dogs between strays and the adoptables, and then cats can go anywhere from 80 to, we’ve had up to 200 in the past.”

Additional events are planned to support the shelter operation. One of them is Top Dog, where people can vote at their website for their favorite until Monday night.  “June 30th at midnight, the voting ends and shortly after that, the top dog will be announced, and (that dog) gets to walk down the July 4th parade with Mayor (Andrew) Halverson. We have our golf outing coming up July 19th, and we have Fur Ball, which is another big event for us that will be October 17th, so right now, we’re into the busy time period with a lot of events going on, and pretty busy for us.”

Blaha says the Humane Society accepts donations of money, pet food, or supplies. An easy way to help is to watch for their Fill the Van stops at area stores, where shoppers can buy needed supplies and donate them to the Humane Society right outside the store when they finish shopping.

(Listen to our interview with HSPC Director Ron Blaha on our website, here.)