Goldman to celebrate 92nd birthday

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A very special birthday party for June Goldman will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Rolling Oaks, the large barn across the highway from the Pearson Lakes Art Center. Everyone is invited to attend this party and give thanks to June for her many efforts to improve our world. June has requested that rather than flowers or gifts that monetary donations be given to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa.

In addition to serving as a minister the vast majority of her life, June has also been a Dickinson County Supervisor, a founding member of the local Humane Society chapter and Cherish Center. She has been involved in countless endeavors enhancing the lives of everyone, including the animal friends she comes into contact with.

The local Humane Society receives no federal or state funding and relies solely on private donations. The shelter cares for over 125 animals on a daily basis. This care includes spaying and neutering, all veterinary care, feeding, and the socialization so often needed to place these precious pets into forever homes.

So far in 2017, the shelter has facilitated over 150 adoptions — approximately one a day since Jan. 1.

At the party, animals from the shelter will be there — but not June’s favorite cat Tabitha who will be staying home.

The story of Tabitha that follows is typical of June’s compassionate nature … a facet of her personality that has made our Lakes Area a better place to live for all of us humans and animals alike:

One stormy winter day longtime Spirit Lake resident Mary Cornell called June requesting her help. A stray cat had been huddled outside Mary’s home for some time seeking shelter from the wind, ice, and snow.

June and her husband responded immediately arriving at Mary’s apartment with a borrowed pet carrier and cat food ready to entice the poor cat into captivity. The food wasn’t necessary, for the ice-encrusted cat saw the carrier as shelter from the storm and rushed inside it.

Then with the cat and carrier safely in their car, June and her husband were headed to the Humane Society when he said, “Why don’t we keep her?” … And they did!

June named their new companion Tabitha after the Biblical Tabitha or Dorcas who was resurrected by Peter. Surely this feline Tabitha had also narrowly escaped death. Tabitha has enriched the lives of her compassionate owners. She realizes their kindness saved her life and shows her love and devotion by purring and snuggling whenever possible. Love and loyalty from a rescued pet is always special.

Remember: “In a perfect world every animal would have a home, and every home would have a pet.”

Contributions and birthday wishes can be sent to:

Happy Birthday June

PO Box 378

Okoboji, IA 51355

The public is encouraged to check out the Humane Society’s animals on Facebook and Pet Finder or come see the animals at 607 28th Street, just north of Milford — open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. One can call the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa at 712-338-2738.