Scandia Peace Team visits animal shelter

Louis the cat makes eye contact with Scandia fourth-grader Tyler Hays. During the price-by-weight special, Louis can be had for $19 plus tax.

Louis the cat makes eye contact with Scandia fourth-grader Tyler Hays. During the price-by-weight special, Louis can be had for $19 plus tax.

Scandia Elementary School Counselor Molly Nemec brought 25 members of the Peace Team to Northwoods Humane Society on Friday, March 15.

They split into two smaller groups to tour the shelter. In additional to meeting the animals, the students learned about compassion, responsible pet ownership, the importance of spaying or neutering pets, and how to be safe around animals.

In February the Scandia Peace Team was responsible for a collection drive that donated three boxes of supplies and $315 to help the animals at Northwoods.

Executive Director Brenda Farr Zelinka led the tour.

“We’re licensed by the state and inspected twice a year. In 13 years, we’ve never had a bad report,” she said.

Northwoods receives about 1,100 animals per year, more cats than dogs. Already this year, more than 100 cats have come in.

To help older cats find new homes, the animal shelter is running a special. Through March 30, any cat over 10 pounds can be adopted for $1 per pound.

“We have many super-sized cats right now needing loving homes,” Zelinka said. “A lot of people are blind when they see an older animal.”

Regular cat adoption fees range from $30 to $100.

Nemec, who has volunteered at the animal shelter for 12 years, urged the students to consider buying pet supplies at Northwoods. “If you buy them here, it helps to pay the light bill,” she said.

Nemec said animal rescue is an important cause. “I believe teaching kids how to be compassionate, caring and responsible towards animals makes them that way towards people, too.”

Northwoods Humane Society is located at 7153 Lake Blvd. (Highway 8) in Wyoming.

Adoption hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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