Kelly Sackmaste and Lucky, a shy dog (from Texas) who quickly became everyone’s favorite at WAHS.

Local shelter works to aid animal victims of Harvey, Irma, and fires out West


(9/18/2017)

WAHS staff members hold up a sign thanking community members for all of their donations.
WAHS staff members hold up a sign thanking community members for all of their donations.


A young pup from Texas was adopted into a wonderful home this past week.
A young pup from Texas was adopted into a wonderful home this past week.


The Winona Area Humane Society (WAHS) has been aiding animal shelters in Texas since early this summer. Ashley Potter, dog director, has worked tirelessly to ensure that WAHS has enough space to accommodate each monthly batch, ranging from five to nine dogs. Potter explained, “We are so grateful for their partnership, and we will continue to take in as many dogs as we can.”

As hurricanes continue to devastate the south, shelters in Texas are working to free up space for incoming animals and are looking to send more dogs north. On September 13, 2017, the Winona Area Humane Society received nine dogs from Texas.

“These are not the dogs that might have owners; these are the dogs that were already in the shelter when Hurricane Harvey hit,” Potter clarified. “The last thing we would want is to accept animals that might still belong to a loving family, but we will absolutely help the ones we can.”

These dogs will be available for their first doggie debut at the 5K Walk/Run for the Animals on September 16, 2017, at the Big Lake in Winona. Cat Director and Event Coordinator Kelly Sackmaster was excited. “Our 5K is more than a walk/run event; this is a time where we can come together as a community and celebrate what we have done for animals in Texas and what we will continue to do for the animals in the Winona community,” she said.

All proceeds will go toward local animals in need. To find out more about the 5K event, go to the Winona Area Humane Society Facebook page. *

WAHS has also reached out to shelters in Florida, Washington, Montana, and more. Sackmaster explained, “With so many natural disasters occurring at once, there are countless shelters that have been devastated. We are connecting with the ones in most dire need, each one presenting different challenges to overcome. Florida is impossible to reach right now because of the traffic and power outages.”

Potter concluded, “We are not going to turn away animals in need from anywhere in this country. As long as our community supports us through volunteering and donations, we can continue to help them.”

 

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