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Wis. animal shelter hopes to expand next fall

  • Associated Press
  • December 25, 2013 - 5:55 PM

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — A Fond du Lac animal shelter is hoping to expand next year so it can provide more space for the thousands of animals that arrive each year.

So far the Fond du Lac Humane Society has raised $350,000 of the necessary $600,000. Officials hope to attract more donations and begin work next fall, The Reporter Media reported (http://fondul.ac/K4iGe8 ).

About 1,500 to 2,000 animals arrive at the shelter each year, manager Renee Webb said. That can be a problem when a lot of animals are housed in a small area, especially if there's no room to quarantine sick animals.

For example, this year a virus outbreak led to the deaths of nine puppies.

Webb said shelter officials have been appealing for donations through mailings and word of mouth, but they're also starting to hold fundraisers to attract younger first-time donors.

"I am confident we will raise the rest of the money to get the space we need to care for these animals. We have so many wonderful supporters, literally across the country," Webb said. "And with social media — Twitter, Facebook — we can reach a lot more people."

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