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SHELTER TIDBITS

Good Morning

It seems I'm going to start this email the same way I have started others - apologizing for being so long in between. Time has a way of getting away from us, never seems to be enough and it's especially true when referring to the shelter so again I apologize for being so long in between.

We find ourselves in the holiday season with Christmas fast approaching. The shelter has started decorating, the tree is up with all the special ornaments hanging from the branches and a candy cane wreath is hanging on the door. We hope to have many visitors to the shelter during the holidays, this is a joyous time of year. For the animals at the shelter means a possible new home or at the very least some treats and gentle strokes on the head.

It has been very busy at the shelter, we have been at or over capacity for dogs for months, we have adoptions and finally get an empty kennel or two when, like yesterday, we had one dog adoption but took in four dogs and 2 cats, back to being full again. But we manage to wait out the storm to find them good homes or a rescue that will have room for one or two.

This may sound like a silly statement but I just can't imagine what it was like without the shelter, it's silly because we do know what it was like without the shelter but I can no longer imagine it - which I guess is a good thing. When I think about "time before the shelter"; the fate of all the dogs - or the cats that had absolutely no where to go, what happened to them? That's when I'm so thankful we have a shelter and how very lucky we are that there is a safe place for the cats and dogs, somedays when the numbers seem a bit overwhelming we just work harder because we know we have been blessed to have this shelter - we don't ever want to go back to the days "time before the shelter".

The fundraising committee has also been working extra hard the few months, with the garage sale, Elk Fest, Fall dinner/auction, the first metal recycling day, packing up all our goods and going to craft shows all of which takes the effort of many to make them a success which they did! Thanks to all the support we get in the community these events, big or small, keep our shelter running. We are using the metal recycling proceeds to supplement spay and neuters of owner owned dogs and cats, some of which will get done in our own surgery suite at the shelter. Since the shelter opened most all shelter dogs and cats are being spayed or neutered at the shelter by our volunteer veterinarians, they donate one day a week (their day off) and some days the work load at the shelter is very heavy, I can't begin to express the appreciation of their dedication to the animals of the shelter, in addition to the many surgeries they also administer vaccinations and implant microchips.

The shelter is feeling the effects of the poor economy, we see it at our fundraisers and we see it at the shelter, along with the increased numbers of dogs and cats that get surrendered because people can't keep them any longer - what we hear the most is they lost their home and have to move somewhere that they can't take them with them. Now more than every we need our supporters, volunteers and adopters to help weather this storm.

With some very exciting news we have finally - after moving them from one location to another and back again - set the memorial pavers in their final place, right next to the front sidewalk where anyone and everyone coming to visit will see them! They look awesome! I have attached and inserted pictures, some of the pavers "just look" blotchy because they were wet and in various stages of drying; we are going to finish all the way to the corner with blank pavers to keep them all tight and in place, those blanks, and some recently ordered engraved ones will arrive next week to finish this project off for the winter. We have covered our sand base with insulation so it doesn't freeze while waiting for these last pavers. If anyone wants one of the pavers now would be a great time to order and get them in place now. After that when new engraved pavers are ordered we will just pull out a blank and plant the new memorial paver.

Speaking of memorials I would like to take this moment to reflect on the passing of a shelter supporter which also was my husband and best friend of thirty-seven years; Dave deeply loved the shelter and his goal was to help the shelter become a reality, And that he did! He worked countless hours researching and planning and then directed the daily transformation of a shell of a building into a wonderful animal shelter. Shortly after the shelter opened he was diagnosed with lung cancer and could no longer physically be at the shelter and passed away late July of this year. But his heart never left the shelter, detailed evening reports were shared on everything that happened that day, who got adopted, what new dog came in, what wonderful visitors we had or a special donation that came in, he needed to know, he still needed to be a part of the dream and he still is to this day, his motivation and drive remains with me and with the shelter - he is deeply missed.

One more before I go (running late as usual) our little Lucy was adopted yesterday - she went to a wonderful home, and slept in a real home last night and woke up to go potty in a snowy fenced yard! YEAH!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and hope you stop by to visit :-)

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Good Morning

Much has happened since the last shelter tid bits was sent out; as you can see by the pictures the building is finally looking like the shelter we have all dreamed of.

The famous kennel gates that we have been talking about and waiting on for what seems to be eons, have arrived and have been installed. They certainly were worth waiting for, all welded stainless steel, double latch system, all it takes is one hand or even just an elbow to open and they latch close with the simple shut of the gate. The dog dishes have been mounted and plumbed for automatic watering, they too are stainless and pop off easily for cleaning.

The geo thermal system is up and running, and the special rate meter has been installed by electric company. We should see benefits from this for many, many years to come.

The grooming tub is installed and plumbed, the picture shows the plumber still in process (or taking a break J) but it’s now in place and ready to bathe dogs when we are ready.

The cat cages will be making their way out of the storage building to the shelter today, they too will be put into place over the next week.

The washer and dryer will be delivered today, the dishwasher has already arrived and just waiting to be installed.

All the painting is complete, two coats of Benjamin Moore epoxy throughout the interior, thank you Benjamin Moore!

All the new lighting is in, most of the electrical and plumbing is complete, security system is in process, computer networking was already present and we will appreciate having that.

There are still items left to complete, vinyl baseboard, cabinets/countertops, set cages, odds and ends, cleaning and last but not least the inspection, license to operate and then OPEN OUR DOORS!

The day we can walk those dogs from those frigid outdoor kennels at the Sheriff’s department to the warmth and comfort of the Elk Country Animal Shelter will be the very best day ever! This will be the day we have waited so long for and it’s almost here; one day very soon we will wake up and it will no longer be just a dream.

Hope everyone enjoys the pictures and if you are driving by stop in and if you ever have questions don’t ever hesitate to ask as it’s always a pleasure to talk with you.

Have a Great Day!

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Hello Everyone

There has been so many exciting things going on with the Elk Country Animal Shelter in recent months, I don’t know where to start….but I will take a swing at it and start with the Golf Outing – what a hit that was this year, with a net of $10,400.00 it just keeps getting better. The turnout was great, lots of golfers, sponsors, fun, great food and a tremendous show of support for the shelter.

We also have been very successful in obtaining grants for the shelter, one for $22,000.00 (+) for equipment to outfit the spay and neuter clinic in the shelter along with a PetSmart Charities grant in the amount of $10,000.00 for cat spay and neuter’s which will partner the grant funding we currently have for dogs. Our fall cat clinics are in the works and I’m sure will fill up very quickly.

The youth group put on another youth dance, another successful dance that generated a few more young people into the group. They will have their first meeting tomorrow evening. Sarah Prince is the chairperson for that group and we are so fortunate to have such an energetic and exuberant young lady to be a part of this effort, Sarah’s excitement rubs off on us all.

The Montmorency County Fair has come and gone; it was an exciting week, meeting new people and visiting with faithful supporters, all bursting with excitement on the progress of the shelter. Not to mention generating over $2,200.00 in ATV raffle ticket sales, close to $450.00 in T-shirt sales and gained five new members which we are always pleased to have. Carla Gardner was at the 4-H food entry booth selling home baked cookies (like she has done every year since the shelter formed) to benefit the shelter in the amount of $101.87. We also had four rounds of golf left over from the golf outing to give away, put out a jar, for each dollar you dropped in the jar gave you one chance, we collected $51.00 in the jar and the name(s) pulled was Kim Warner of K-N-K Excavating, she was thrilled to win the rounds as her and her husband Ken are avid golfers, attend our golf outing as golfers and supporters, not to mention being one of our subcontractors working on the shelter.

People are still shopping on the internet though iGive, we recently received a check for $32.97, this is a great way to generate money for the shelter, join iGive and shop on line as usual – a great way to help the shelter effortlessly.

We are always thankful for all the support and all the volunteers that currently help and all the ones that can’t wait until the shelter opens to lend a hand with the dogs and cats in our care – we are very fortunate to have so many people that have so much dedication and are willing to work hard and tirelessly to make this a success and make a difference for the animals that depend on us, now and in the future.

The Elk Country Animal Shelter thanks everyone for their devotion to this mission. Please feel free to ask questions or visit the job site and sneak a peek in on the progress, it’s an exciting thing to view and hope this email gives you a window into that excitement.

Thank You!

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Hello Everyone!!

Fantastic things have been happening for the shelter in the recent days and we would like to share the News.

At the top of the list is our new shelter building, we are very excited, and getting more and more excited each day as the clock ticks closer to renovations to begin; which should be in the very near future.

A representative from Benjamin Moore Paints visited the shelter last week and they are donating all the paint, yes, I said “all”, inside and outside. This is a tremendous donation as paint is very costly and we are going to need lots of it. We are very thankful for this donation and lucky to have one of our supporters related to the late Benjamin Moore. WooHOooo.

Since the purchase of the shelter building on June 12th we have gotten many calls from people wanting to donate needed items, office equipment, dog exercise kennels, and supplies just for starters. It is such a great feeling to say “yes, you can drop it off at the shelter” and at the same time they can get a look around, get a tour and share in the excitement. Finally a real facility for the Elk Country Animal Shelter, a real place to drop items off, a real place for us to have our meetings, and most of all a “real” shelter for the animals we all have worked so hard for!

The shelter Youth Group has been very busy the past few days selling A&W root beer floats outside of Glens in Lewiston. A&W donated all the Root Beer and glasses, the ice cream and spoons were donated by Glens. It was nice weather and good turnout, the group had fun and in those two days raised $591.09 for the shelter. It’s so refreshing to see the energy and enthusiasm generated by the Youth Group. Sarah Prince does such a great job of recruiting others, putting the events together and making them a success, we are very fortunate to have Sarah and all the other young people that have helped with the Youth Group events.

Barbara Steele of Atlanta had a birthday party and asked that any gifts be donations to help the shelter. It must have been one heck of a party because she gave us $550.00 (and I think she has a check or two yet to give us) and lots of supplies for the shelter, bleach, kitty litter, litter pans, cat toys, beds, dawn, paper towels and other items too numerous to mention (or maybe because I can’t remember). Kudos to Barbara Steele for being so generous to share the fruits of her special day with the shelter. It’s a great idea!

The golf outing is coming along great! Our volunteers have been hard at it and it shows, we are further ahead than this time last year, more golfers and more sponsor dollars, but we have to push harder than ever - we now have a building we need to turn into a shelter. I have attached the golf flyer and signup sheet for anyone who still wants to golf or participate and hasn’t had a chance yet. We all have been working hard to make this and our other events more successful year after year. We couldn’t do it without all the volunteers that are go getters and this shelter group is full of them, that’s how we got this far! We all work together, each of us doing what we can to make this shelter happen, and we must be doing something right because it is HAPPENING!

We can’t thank each and everyone enough for all the hard work, the dedication and sincere support over the years to make the dream of the Elk Country Animal Shelter a reality in 2008!

Thank you all for making this happen!

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Good Morning!

The shelter has had some very exciting days lately! Spring is in the air, the sun is shining and our new shelter is right around the corner!

We have taken in close to $8,000 from our Christmas mailing and believe it or not some still come trickling in, always a pleasant surprise.

Recently between iGive, ink recycling and Network for Good we raised just over$655.00 and another iGive check is on its way to us, we also received a check for $206.00 from Pedigree for its shelter sharing program, thank you Pedigree!

Wags To Wiskers Pet Supply in Gaylord hung an up-side down umbrella from their ceiling to collect money for the shelter, the last collection was $150.00 and the last time I was in their store the umbrella was filling up again. We thank Rochelle and Steven for all their hard work in addressing many aspects of the shelter in their store; promoting our needs - pet of the week, helping with adoptions, spay and neuter, upcoming events, transporting of dogs, and soon to be displaying our ATV in their store when it’s not out at other events. Not to mention all the broken bags of dog and cat food they have donated to the shelter dogs and cats we have trying to help.

We had knowledge of a couple of cats that were abandoned at an empty home, when we first began helping these cats they were in very dismal shape, emaciated, matted and very cold. With the good food (thanks Wags to Wiskers) and Robin Smiley’s diligent efforts to make sure these cats had food, fresh water and a warm place to nest, these cats named Allie and Charlie finally had a chance at life, they gained weight and their condition improved drastically, we found them to be wonderful cats with great personalities. But time was running out for these two, the house was sold to a new family that wanted the cats gone, we had to find them a home quickly but who would take two cats in such condition? We could see the beauty underneath those matted un-cared for coats but would anyone else? You bet! A great home was found with a big hearted lady. Allie and Charlie went to the vet for vaccinations and testing, they both came out with a clean bill of health and moved on to their new home, together, living as inside only cats, safe and never to be cold and hungry again. A big thank you to Robin for trudging through the deep snow in sub zero weather, day after day to care for these cats and getting them healthy enough to find them a new home. Allie and Charlie are very lucky cats indeed.

The big news of the day is receiving our SNAP grant, we were awarded $15,000 in grant money for the spaying and neutering of dogs in our community, this is community outreach money for people who can’t afford to pay for a spay or neuter in part or in entirety. The BIG bonus to this grant is the reduced number of puppies born into our community, ultimately, meaning less animals to filter into the shelter system. Making all of our jobs easier, and animals lives will be saved.

Our annual Italian Dinner is today between 4-7 pm, held in Lewiston every year; kicking off our ATV raffle. Wait till you see the new machine, it’s awesome! This year we are doing something a bit different, adding a “Chair-ity” auction – area artists have painted or decorated old chairs and turned them into wonderful pieces of art! We have a wonderful collection of chairs to auction off and the response we have gotten for this event has been astonishing. We are so excited about this event, it makes our hearts pound. The feedback we have been getting from the community is fantastic. I had even paid a visit to the Atlanta Real Estate Exchange, walking in to find Diane showing one of her customers our website and the works of art, that was a special treat.

On Easter Sunday a small black Labrador was found with a severely injured rear leg, initially thought to be a dog/vehicle injury. Dr. Woolman at Alpena Veterinarian Hospital agreed to look at this dog, he took time out from this special holiday to care for this dog who we now call Skippy. Through all the movements, picking up, transporting and then examination of his leg, Skippy never lifted a lip, never made a growl, never even made a whimper. He was truly a trooper through this whole ordeal. Sadly we soon found out Skippy was not hit by a car but was shot at close range with a shotgun, destroying the bone in his leg beyond repair. Dr. Woolman stabilized Skippy then amputated his leg on this past Tuesday, and again, Skippy is a trooper coming through the surgery with flying colors, he has proven to be housebroken, never makes a peep at the hospital, always, always happy to see anyone, wagging his tail for anyone. Skippy will be released from the hospital Monday afternoon and will be looking for a very special home after he recovers. Although Dr. Wooman is donating part of his vet bill you can imagine how big his medical bill is going to be. Skippy is very special and didn’t deserve this, none of them deserve to be treated this way. If anyone wants to contribute to the medical fund to help Skippy please send it to P.O. Box 434, Atlanta, MI 49709

Have a Great Day and we hope to see you at the dinner.

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Hello

So many exciting things have been happening for the dogs at the Sheriffs dept., the Hillman 2nd and 6th graders used their own Christmas money to buy toys, food, collars, treats, cleaning supplies, and many other gifts plus $155.00 in cash, these kids were truly unselfish and gave from their hearts.

The Courthouse put up a tree to hang donations of mittens and socks for kids and under the tree a place for gifts for the dogs at the Sheriffs dept., they too collected quite a generous amount of gifts, food treats, collars, toys and cleaning supplies.

A very sweet lady came into the Sheriffs dept. to drop off a sock full of pennies tied with a simple red ribbon for the Christmas mailing, in honor of her dog Duke! (“the sock is clean”, she said three times as she wanted to make sure we knew she wouldn’t give us a dirty stocking). It touches the heart to know just how much people care about the dogs and cats that are homeless.

Speaking of homeless dogs, there is one that is no longer homeless, Max! He had been at the kennel for almost 9 months, his wish to Santa for a home came true, he was neutered and micro-chipped before taking his 4 hour ride to his new home downstate. He is doing great in his new home, fitting right in with the other two dogs, Henry and Hercules (both rescues, Henry came from the Sheriffs Department also) and their kitty. Max is truly blessed this holiday.

The Santa pet pictures were so much fun, we got to meet many dogs, cats, a couple of rabbits and I think there was even a Guinea Pig in the mix. Santa was great, the pictures were fantastic thanks to Tom Young and his photography skills, and the elves were very helpful (not to mention cute as buttons), even Patches AKA Jeff was in on the act. We took in $1,146.00 for the 4 locations, $637.00 was generated at Wags to Wiskers in Gaylord; now that was a busy day for us all, but what fun we had! Not only did Wags to Wiskers let us come into their store and set up our Santa studio but they also collected $150.00 in donations and sold $258.00 of ECAS clothing. They invited us for 2 days next year.

We are very lucky to have the help of these teenagers, they not only did their elfly duties, they stuffed most of the 6000 Christmas mailing cards (all in one evening I might add), they will lend a hand at any event we have, un-loading our tubs of goods and loading them back up again, collecting cans and turning them in for cash for the shelter, they have helped us all year through with whatever we ask and we are very lucky to have their help.

The Christmas mailing is growing by the day, we have received over $4100.00 so far, the amount of cards that show up in our little post office box is amazing! Every day it pretty much jam packed with cards, the support of the community is astonishing, this is such an exciting time of year for the shelter.

We also received a $465.00 check from the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, they took up collections at their Halloween party and split the proceeds between us and the Sheriff’s department first responders. Honored to have been chosen as one of their charities of choice. Thank you Eagle Ladies!

We are very thankful this holiday season for all the gifts we receive for the dogs and cats that need our help!

Merry Christmas! This is truly a magical time of year.

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Good Morning,

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends or family. The Elk Country Animal Shelter has much to be thankful for as we draw nearer to our goal!

Our Turkey Dinner in Hillman turned out to be a another fantastic event thanks to all the auction donations, the volunteers, and everyone that attended for a great meal (the squash was the big hit again, thanks Karen Fifield!) and to bid on the many very nice auction items, this year turned out to be better than ever bringing in approximately $5,500.00. Attached is the flyer for the Santa pet pictures, plan to attend with your pet, hang up flyers, tell your friends or neighbors, anything to get the word out. This is a very fun event that we all enjoy.

We have sold the Bronco that was donated to us by a very nice lady in California that has a vacation place in Canada Creek, the sale of this almost vintage Bronco brought us just over $500.00 to go towards the building.

We had a booth at the Atlanta Band Boosters Bazaar which brought in right around $388.00, we had many visitors at our booth, made some new friends (even had the pleasure of meeting the lady that donated the Bronco), sold many dog coats that Pat Crawford tirelessly makes for us.

We also have gotten a few checks; a couple from iGive for a total of $119.33, keep this in mind during the holiday shopping days as your purchases can contribute to the spay and neuter fund if you shop through iGive, during the holiday season even if you just visit one of the participating stores it generates $$ for the shelter. A few cartridge checks for a total of $123.25; keep collecting those cartridges, they sure add up for the medical fund for dogs at the kennel. Thank you for all the past collecting and thanks to Carol Young for handling, hauling, packaging and shipping of these messy but valuable cartridges.

Samantha the 13 yr. old yellow lab has found her forever home, she is doing great living with a very nice couple in Lewiston, a beautiful fenced in yard to keep her safe along with her new dog friends that are also very much seniors. Samantha is a very lucky lady indeed.

Cookie the cutie pie that landed in Atlanta from New Orleans, survived hurricane Katrina but almost didn't survive northern Michigan has gotten adopted, she now lives in Atlanta, she also is a lucky dog and found a great home with a fenced yard.

Our annual Christmas party election meeting is coming up Dec. 13, please plan on attending, bring a snack to pass and a wrapped inexpensive gift to pass/auction. As a member your vote counts!

Hope we will see you soon but if you can't have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Boy oh Boy we have lots of news!!

The Montmorency County Fair is over and we did FANTASTIC! The booth raised $942.00 in sales of T-shirts, doggie coats, a couple of memberships, and donations; there was a man from Detroit that just lost his beloved dog that was a shelter rescue and he gave us $100.00 for our efforts. Our raffle ticket sales for the week was over $1,600.00. Yee Ha on ticket sales! Some of you may know that Carla Gardner handles the 4-H food entries at the fair, for the past several years she has baked cookies (very yummy one’s I must add) and sold them as a donations to the shelter, she has her own jar she collects the money in and this year she had collected $93.86 for the shelter; we really appreciate what Carla does for the shelter plus we always know where to get the best treats at the fair. We had a great week, lots of fun, met many new people and saw many of our faithful supporters, everyone we talked to is excited about the spring ground breaking!

We had a group of teenagers that went out into the community and collected bottles and cans for the shelter and raised a whopping $254.00, do you know how many cans that is? 2,540 cans or bottles……………they had bag after bag and turned them in at the store and brought us the money, we appreciate all the time and effort that went into this along with the slight embarrassment at the can machine when the alarm would keep going off because it was full….again.

We also collected $67.64 for recycle day at Briley Twp. Park, thanks to Chris Moe and Robin Smiley for taking time out of their day to spend it there representing the shelter.

Wags to Wiskers collected $90.00 in their little shelter dog house, I believe this is the most profitable box we have ever had, we appreciate Wags to Wiskers for allowing our collection box to sit so prominently on their counter and for all the support they give the shelter and the dogs that need us so desperately. Speaking of Wags to Wiskers we would like to introduce Rochelle Haeussler the owner of Wags to Wiskers as our new appointed Board Member and Secretary! Welcome aboard Rochelle, she comes to us bringing a business management degree, a true understanding of what an animal shelter is, love and dedication to the animals, and endless energy; she always promotes every event we have, every pet of the week by hanging the flyer and by telling her customers about that dog in need of a home, we are honored to have as part of our team.

We also received a check for $97.50 from recycling cartridges, all this money goes to the medical fund for the animals, this fund helps the sick and injured dogs that need us, please keep recycling those cartridges, it very well may save a dogs or cats life!

A Big THANK YOU to all that keep the Elk County Animal Shelter moving forward
The Elk Country Animal Shelter facility will be more than just a place to house dogs and cats that need us, it will be a community center that revolves around animals and their proper care.

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter


Hi Everyone,

Just a few tidbits…..

Another iGive check was received, this check was for $62.10, pretty nice having them come in regular now.

We were are wondering how the Pedigree “donate a bag of dog food” program was going to work, the big semi didn’t pull up to deliver, instead they sent coupons for free bags of Pedigree, how simple can that be! Along with the coupons were thank you post cards; with Oliver on the front, Oliver is that cute litter terrier they have on their commercials, pre addressed with the donor’s name/address and already stamped ready to be mailed. Pretty cool program. For those not familiar; you can donated a 22# bag of Pedigree to our shelter for the low cost of $9.99, Pedigree will match the donation so we will get 44# of dog food for your $9.99.

Tom and Carol just sent off some pretty heavy boxes of cartridges so we should be getting some hefty cartridge checks. Thank you Tom and Carol, storing and packing those are a pain.

We received another Christmas mailing check, still amazes me!!

Need a haircut? There is a new hair salon in Hillman, actually new ownership, it’s called “A Cut Above” owned by Barbara Russos. They are having a fundraiser this Saturday with the proceeds going to ECAS, if you need a cut or other service go between 11-12 am for your service to be donated to us, she is right next to Lickety Splits in Hillman. Barbara is a dog lover, especially Yellow Labradors, she helps out with the Leader Dog Program in Rochester. She would be willing to help place Labradors (Black or Yellow) that come into the shelter!

All for now, hope the weather warms up and everyone has a great weekend (don’t forget to show up to work if you volunteered to help out at the garage sale pick up/drop off days)

Sincerely
Pauline Hancock
President
Elk Country Animal Shelter

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JANUARY 2009

Good Morning

Much has happened since the last shelter tid bits was sent out; as you can see by the pictures the building is finally looking like the shelter we have all dreamed of.

The famous kennel gates that we have been talking about and waiting on for what seems to be eons, have arrived and have been installed. They certainly were worth waiting for, all welded stainless steel, double latch system, all it takes is one hand or even just an elbow to open and they latch close with the simple shut of the gate. The dog dishes have been mounted and plumbed for automatic watering, they too are stainless and pop off easily for cleaning.

The geo thermal system is up and running, and the special rate meter has been installed by electric company. We should see benefits from this for many, many years to come.

The grooming tub is installed and plumbed, the picture shows the plumber still in process (or taking a break J) but it’s now in place and ready to bathe dogs when we are ready.

The cat cages will be making their way out of the storage building to the shelter today, they too will be put into place over the next week.

The washer and dryer will be delivered today, the dishwasher has already arrived and just waiting to be installed.

All the painting is complete, two coats of Benjamin Moore epoxy throughout the interior, thank you Benjamin Moore!

All the new lighting is in, most of the electrical and plumbing is complete, security system is in process, computer networking was already present and we will appreciate having that.

There are still items left to complete, vinyl baseboard, cabinets/countertops, set cages, odds and ends, cleaning and last but not least the inspection, license to operate and then OPEN OUR DOORS!

The day we can walk those dogs from those frigid outdoor kennels at the Sheriff’s department to the warmth and comfort of the Elk Country Animal Shelter will be the very best day ever! This will be the day we have waited so long for and it’s almost here; one day very soon we will wake up and it will no longer be just a dream.