Northwoods adopts lean business model, retools board of directors

Changes at humane society follow financial scare last year

Northwoods Humane Society has announced changes to its hours and board of directors as it retools following a successful fund drive last year that prevented the Wyoming shelter from closing.

Approximately two-thirds of Northwoods’ operating budget comes from public donations and fundraisers. In an effort to conserve finances, Northwoods began utilizing volunteers in place of paid staff. Also, it cut back hours April 1. The shelter now is open to the public from 1-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Along with increasing the variety of volunteer positions, Northwoods sought out new board members to help recharge operations. It welcomed a new president, John Harrington; vice president, Tracy Skwiot; secretary, Michelle Pommier; treasurer, David Gorman, and directors, Jack Felix (former board president), Vicci Mattsfield (former board treasurer), Ann Edmonds, Muffy Guptill, Erin Harrington, Heidi Neff, Ruth Nordquist, Miranda Schaps-Rineer and Laura Shaleen.

Northwoods also has seven committees and is seeking volunteers to serve on each. Those interested should email [email protected]

To help address budget issues, the shelter has a variety of fundraisers planned for 2013 and hopes to see an increase in community involvement.

“Northwoods Humane Society brings joy to the lives of people and pets at no charge to taxpayers,” said John Harrington. “Our reward comes from the caring support the community provides to us and our adoptees.”

Northwoods is located 1.5 miles east of Forest Lake on Highway 8. For more information, call 651-982-0240 or visit or

Walk for the Animals May 5

Northwoods Humane Society is leashing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year. The 15th-annual Walk with the Animals will be held Sunday, May 5.

The walk, on average, raises $26,000 for the Wyoming shelter. That money goes directly to the support and daily care of cats and dogs awaiting adoption through spays, neuters and vaccinations, food and treats, bedding and toys.

Besides the walk, participants can enjoy a silent auction, prize drawings, food and beverages, and a new agility course.

Registration and the auction begin at noon. The scenic 3-mile walk begins at 1 p.m. at the Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave. in Stacy. For more information, visit or call 651-982-0240.