Humane society has adoptable cats at no cost

As many of you know, I am a cat lover. We adopted Mittens from the Shawano County Humane Society several years ago. She has brought such joy into our house. I am amazed by her intelligence. She loves to help my hubby while he is working on a puzzle. She jumps onto the table and lays on the puzzle without disturbing a single puzzle piece. However, if she is not happy about something, she will jump onto the puzzle and throw pieces to the floor like a naughty child.

There was a study done by the University of Minnesota that found that those without cats were between 30 and 40 percent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than cat owners.

Having a cat has many psychological benefits, and one of those is relieving stress. Caring for a pet can take your mind off your worries. Petting or holding a cat can be relaxing and particularly helpful to those who feel lonely or depressed.

The study actually lists 17 health benefits of owning a cat. I don’t know if Mittens has any effect on my health, but I do know she is well loved, a bit spoiled and an absolute delight. When my hubby comes home he will often say, “Where are my two girls?” Guess which one of us gets a hug first.

As a board member of the Shawano County Humane Society, I am delighted to announce you can adopt a cat or kitten at no cost for a limited time.

The society’s mission is to improve and save the lives of domestic animals through compassionate care, community engagement and advocacy for animals. The Shawano County Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that operates on donations and fundraisers. Due to the generosity of donors, we are able to eliminate the usual cost of approximately $140 to $150 to adopt a cat for a limited time.

If you are interested in giving a kitten or adult cat a loving home at no cost, stop in the Humane Society located at 1290 Jaycee Ct., Shawano, to complete an adoption application.

“It is the goal of the society to ensure every animal released from the shelter is going to a responsible and caring home,” said Dustin Martzke, president. “Our adoption application asks applicants who rent for their property owner’s name and contact information. A follow-up call is made to the landlord to ensure pets are allowed.

“Our shelter director, Robin Hogan, and her staff check the state of Wisconsin Circuit Court website to see if there have been any instances of domestic or animal abuse. No animals will be adopted by applicants who have incidents in their past, which could compromise the safety and well-being of the pet.”

The application also asks for veterinarian information from those applicants who have or who have had a pet in the past. The veterinarian is contacted to ensure pets have had proper care.

The cats/kittens will be ready for adoption. This includes spay/neuter, vaccines, snap test and ID chip. If you were to purchase a cat or kitten from a breeder or if you had to pay this on your own, the vet cost to have this done ranges from $249 to $350.

Our cat cages are currently full and we hope many of them will find their fur-ever home. Although this article focuses on cats, the shelter has a few dogs looking for homes, too. As a previous dog owner, I know from experience the joy of being welcomed home by a tail-wagging dog waiting for a hug. We had a few boxers, Jinx, Captain and Duke, but that’s a story for another day.

“We hope you can join us on Feb. 16, 2019, for our annual fundraising banquet held at The Gathering,” said John Seidel, society treasurer. “Registration for the banquet is $35 per person if you sign up by Feb. 11, 2019, and $40 per person after that. If you register by Feb. 4, 2019, you will be entered into the early bird raffle where you could win $40 worth of raffle tickets.”

The social hour will start at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Registration forms will be available for download from our website or can be picked up at the shelter.

“We are grateful for the wonderful support of our shelter,” Martzke said. “The banquet gives us an opportunity to thank our generous donors. Without them our shelter would not exist. We hope you can join us for a night of fun and fellowship.”

Question: In what year was the current humane society shelter completed?

Clothesline Conversation Answer: The shelter moved into the current location in 2001.

Lorna Marquardt is a former Shawano mayor.