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Oct 28 2016

November – National Shelter Appreciation Month

November is National Shelter Appreciation Month so this is the perfect time for residents of Iowa County to be thankful for the Iowa County Humane Society (ICHS).

Our community shelter is very active. Their main focus is to care for animals in need and help every adoptable animal find a new home. Over the past 4 years, ICHS adopted out an average of 206 cats and 96 dogs annually. In addition, they have been able to reunite an average of 51 lost dogs and 5 lost cats with their owners each year.

In addition, the ICHS encourages awareness and compassion in Iowa County youngsters through education programs and shelter visits. The shelter also coordinates efforts to provide advice to dog owners regarding behavior issues and hosts Canine Good Citizen training twice yearly. The ICHS Outreach director, Jen Siegel, also works as the Iowa County Humane Officer when the need arises.

Two full time staff members and several part time employees must provide care for its four legged residents 365 days a year and staff the shelter during open hours every afternoon except for Monday. In order to provide this level of care, the ICHS is highly dependent on private support. In 2015, the annual shelter expenses were $300,000. Unfortunately, adoption fees and government contracts only covered about 20% of these costs. The remaining funds come from donations, fundraising, grants and in-kind gifts. In addition, ICHS is always looking for volunteers to help out with day to day shelter operations, special needs and events.

So, this November, take time to show your appreciation. Thank the staff and volunteers at the ICHS, take time to volunteer, donate money, supplies or skills, and look for your next 4 legged companion at the Iowa County Humane Society.
The Iowa County Humane Society is located at 305 County YZ, Dodgeville, WI, 53533. You can contact them via phone 608-935-1381 or e-mail office@ichs.net. Also check out their website www.ichs.net for more information or to look for your next pet.

The Iowa County Humane Society is located at 305 County Road YZ, Dodgeville, WI, 53533. You can contact them via phone 608-935-1381 or e-mail office@ichs.net. Also check out their website www.ichs.net for more information or to look for your next pet.

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