May 29, 2024

Humane Society celebrates successful year

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C. A. Ray
Grant County Herald

The Grant County Humane Society (GCHS) held their major fundraiser of the year, the annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at the Knotty Pine in Elbow Lake, last Saturday evening.

The GCHS is a no-kill shelter dedicated to providing a safe environment for domestic dogs and cats until a new home is found. They are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, and are located at 1015 Highway 79 east in Elbow Lake.

The GCHS put out an SOS call for financial help last year and Grant County responded with generous support. Besides donations from townships and Grant County cities,  and the Wine Tasting fundraiser, the biggest source of income is memberships, sponsorship, grants and individual donations. Fundraisers in 2023 included: Three Pawtique Craft and Bake Sales; the annual Flekkefest rummage sale, and the Minnesota Give to the Max Day, which is every third Thursday in November.

The Elbow Lake Firemen Relief Association gave a grant to help purchase heavy-duty Priefert outdoor kennels. The Ashby Lions invited the GCHS to visit, talk about the shelter, and treated them to a pizza supper, before donating $500.

2023 was a busy year for the GCHS as they took in roughly 87 cats and 52 dogs with 63 cats and 26 dogs, finding their forever home. Twenty-eight lost dogs were sheltered at the GCHS until their owners could claim them.

The GCHS participated in Ashby Appreciation Days, The Barrett Old Settlers Reunion Parade, and the Flekkefest Parade.

The GCHS is a 501 c nonprofit organization that depends on its volunteer Board of Directors for guidance. They are currently looking for people from all different backgrounds and skill sets who must be willing to get their hands dirty and have a positive impact on animals, families and the community to serve on the board, which meets once a month. If you are interested send an email to gchumsoc@runestone.net or call the number below.

The GCHS welcomes visitors of all ages. If you have a group that wants to visit, learn about the shelter, or just pet and play with the cats, call 218-685-6220.

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