Humane Society Doing The Good Work

Lou Cabral By Lou Cabral, 9th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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On a recent Friday morning I journeyed to Dubuque Iowa to see one of the more interesting projects the Dubuque Regional Humane Society has undertaken over the past three years.

Humane Society Doing The Good Work


On a recent Friday morning I journeyed to Dubuque Iowa to see one of the more interesting projects the Dubuque Regional Humane Society has undertaken over the past three years. What seems, at first glance, to be an ordinary pet store is actually an extension of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society's animal shelter. Before the store front opens for business passers by stop to see the latest additions playing in the store window. With the doors now open, a steady stream of families with young children go from kennel to kennel admiring the dogs and kittens available for adoption.
Founded in 1901, as the Dubuque Benevolent and Humane Society, by a group of fifty volunteers, today's organization is nationally recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of lost or abandoned animals. Much of this work is carried out by a dedicated staff of 13 employees and countless volunteers. Jane Mcall has been the executive director and chief operating officer of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society for the past 19 years. Jane is a tireless advocate for animal rights and is often the featured speaker at regional, state, and national events for the Humane Society.
The Dubuque Regional Humane Society contracts with and provides shelter services for the City of Dubuque and serves much of the tri-state area stretching into Lafayette County in Wisconsin and Joe Davies County in Illinois among others. The services provided include pet adoption, lost and found animal services, and animal cruelty investigations. For a complete list of services please visit their web-site @ www.dbqhumane.org.
The Kennedy Mall location has seen a steady rise in adoptions since its opening three years ago. Today, 70% of the adoptions the Dubuque Regional Humane Society handles occur through this location. Recent months have seen an explosion in the number of cats being left in the shelter's care although Labs of all ages and sizes are the most numerous of the various dog breeds found at the shelter. An estimated 2300 cats and dogs have been adopted through their facilities in the past three years.
Adoption is only the first step in the process of welcoming a new pet into the family. Many rescued animals bring their own set of issues to the table, which can turn into a real disaster for both the animal and owner. To that end, the Dubuque Regional Humane Society offers training classes for puppies, as well as dogs of varying ages. Both group and private lessons are available for a nominal fee. Spaying and neutering is also an important step in the adoption process, which is included in the adoption fee. The Dubuque Regional Humane Society contracts with area veterinarians for these services at a discounted rate.
The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is finalizing plans for its new state of the art facility. With a price tag of five million dollars, the organization will have to depend on the generosity of its friends and benefactors. Their upcoming fundraiser, Diamonds are Furever, will be rolled out in the coming weeks. For more information on this and other events please call their business office at (563) 582-6766 for further details.
With the recent dislocation of so many pets due to the economic downturn and numerous natural disasters the work of the Humane Society becomes even more important. The hard work and dedication of the staff and countless volunteers at the Humane Society has made life better for many of the cats and dogs that have come into their care. Please take a moment and visit your local shelter, there are alot of little guys waiting to be adopted right now.

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Adoption, Animals, Breeds, Cats, Dogs, Humane Society, Neuter, Pets, Rescue, Shelter, Spay, Volunteers

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author avatar Lou Cabral
Currently live and write in rural Wisconsin after spending over thirty years in California. Writing,politics, music, family, and the Azores are never far from my thoughts.

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