On behalf of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County (HSOTC) staff, volunteers and board of directors, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported our shelter animals this past year. The HSOTC is an independent, nonprofit organization, not affiliated with any national animal rescue organization and we rely entirely on donations from people like you. Because of your generosity, we were able to provide a safe haven for over 1,100 dogs and cats in 2019. It’s a big job so I am bold in asking you take a moment to reflect on your gifts and consider the many different ways you can pledge your help in the coming year. Of course monetary donations are the lifeblood of our organization and allow us to keep the physical building maintained, pay the staff, feed the animals and provide medical care. We are presently facing a budget shortfall and are doing two additional campaigns to raise dollars for a new van and new shelter lighting as well. In addition to cash donations, we are always grateful for supplies such as dog/cat food, cat litter, laundry detergent, blankets, toys and treats. (You can see our complete list of needs at humanesocietyotc.org.) Of course we encourage you to shop locally first, but if you do shop

Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and pick the charity of your choice. If you choose HSOTC, .05% of every purchase will come directly to our local shelter! In the past year, we received a rebate of over $1,000 from your Amazon purchases so your dollars do matter.

And if you are unable to help monetarily, we hope you will consider volunteering your time to socialize/walk the animals, clean kennels, do exterior maintenance/odd jobs or provide foster care when we have an overflow of animals. If you can’t adopt, volunteer, donate or foster, the one thing most everyone is able to do is educate and advocate. Teach others about the importance of having every animal in their care spayed/neutered. Teach others the importance of proper animal care, including the need for solid shelter, love, regular medical attention, nutrition and socialization. In colder temperatures, it is important to remember that animals can easily suffer from hypothermia, even if the temperatures are above freezing. If you don’t have time to properly care for a pet, then you should not own a pet. Report anything you see that constitutes animal neglect or abuse and advocate legislation for stronger laws regarding their care. We depend on you, because the animals depend on us. Have a blessed holiday season.

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