Letter to the Editor

The truth about running an animal shelter

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

For all the cat and dog lovers out there, working at an animal shelter looks like a dream job. It appears to be a job filled with dog walks, cuddly cats, and meeting great people who want to adopt a new furry friend. While that is part of the job, the not so glamorous parts are there too.

Currently the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa is caring for 162 residents, which means lots of medical attention, cleaning, and feeding. Each week hundreds of dollars are spent to make sure these animals are cared for properly while they wait for their "furever" home. $850 is our daily cost to house, feed, and care for the homeless animals of NW Iowa. Your financial support is the truth behind running a shelter – without your donations and support The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa would not exist. Since Jan. 1, 2018 we have adopted out 151 dogs and 148 cats for a total of 299 lives changed.

The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa was founded in 1987 to make sure Dickinson County, as well as the surrounding counties, would have a safe place for stray dogs and cats to go. While many believe that all animal shelters are tied to a national organization this is not the truth. The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa is not affiliated with any national, state, or local organization. We are our own 501(c)3 non-profit animal shelter that proudly serves Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, O'Brien and Osceola counties. We do not automatically receive any funding from government or federal sources; we strictly rely on monetary donations and fees from dog and cat adoptions to keep our doors open.

Monetary donations from our community is incredibly important because we have limited financial support from outside organizations. We depend on the donations from the public, events that occur, and cat/dog adoptions to help pay for vet care, medications, utilities (water, electricity, internet), dog and cat food, animals that have dietary restrictions, cleaning supplies, maintaining the building and grounds, staffing, cat litter, transportation, and more. Donations make it possible so we can continue to change the lives of the homeless animals currently residing in our shelter.

The next time you get an extra $5, $10, $20, or $100 bill; consider donating to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa. A little or a lot goes a long way in the eyes of a homeless dog or cat. You are helping make a difference and ensuring a life is changing for the positive!  We ARE making pawsitive changes to ensure there is a future BUT the shelter can't survive or continue without donations. We hope you will join us by donating today.

The HSNWIA Director & Staff