Column: Humane Society: By Kristi Lasuch

Did you know the Humane Society of Otter Tail County, located at 1933 W. Fir Ave. in Fergus Falls, serves animals far beyond the city borders? We accept calls and strays from the public and work with law enforcement agencies in the 63 townships of Otter Tail County, the seventh largest county in Minnesota. This often requires us to hit the road to pick up stray dogs and cats, investigate abuse cases or transfer animals from one place to another (we don’t allow animals to drive until they are 16)!  We put about 15,000 miles on our shelter vehicle every year and reliable transportation, in all seasons, is critical to our operation.  Our current vehicle has served us well for 10 years but at the present time, it is in need of costly repairs that far exceed its value.  We have determined it is time to purchase a better, more efficient vehicle before the snow flies and are hoping to raise $23,000 for this purpose. Please note that we rely entirely on the generosity of friends like you and any donation you can make toward a new vehicle is greatly appreciated. We are a nonprofit and donations can be made online at  humanesocietyotc.org or by mailing a check to the HSOTC with VAN in the memo. We know this is a big goal and one we don’t take lightly. As always, you have our pledge to be good stewards and make the most of every resource and every dollar we receive.

If you would like to learn more about this fundraising campaign or the work we do, we also extend our invitation to you to stop by the HSOTC during Shelter Appreciation Week coming Nov. 4-9!   Our shelter staff, volunteers and board members will be hosting an open house Monday through Friday of that week, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10-2 p.m. Over the past year, we have made many improvements to the shelter and we would love to give you a tour and answer your questions. You can also register for prizes, enjoy refreshments and meet the fur babies.  Only through education, compassion and kindness can we break the cycle of mistreatment and overpopulation of dogs and cats and this mission remains our priority.  We hope you will consider attending our upcoming open house to learn of the many ways you can help us change lives, one pet at a time.  Good things are happening and we are excited to share them with you!

Kristi Lausch is a board member for the Humane Society of Otter Tail County.

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