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NONPROFIT Sometimes, they even take the animals home with them, Har- vey said, citing a recent case where a worker took a dog home with her during the time it was quarantined with Parvo. In addition to the employees, volunteers are essential to the organization, and Harvey said it’s easy to volunteer. Those interested simply need to call or come in, fill out a form, and the shelter performs a back- ground check. Volunteers perform a variety of tasks. Several walk the dogs and play with them. They feed the animals treats and can play with the cats in the new cat house, where the cats are able to roam and socialize while they wait for a new home. Donations are key as well, says Harvey, as the shelter relies on them to operate. The cost of food, litter, veterinarian expenses exceed money spent on wages for employees. “This is not a moneymaker. We’re in this for the animals,” said Harvey. While all the animals are spayed or neutered and up to date on shots before adoption, other conditions increase the cost for veterinary care even more than such basic care. “A lot of them have something wrong with them when they come in” that needs to be addressed, she said. “If it wasn’t for the community people, the contractors, the vets, we wouldn’t be able to survive,” Harvey said at a recent Heartland event. “This year our budget is going to be $300,000,” Harvey said, and it all comes from dona- tions. To keep the public aware of the shelter’s needs, employees use a variety of resources. A recent “name your price” adop- tion special resulted in a lot of animals finding their homes. In fact, at such an event, many people paid more than HHS’ standard adoption fee. They host an annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser and partner with community businesses to get the word out. A recent “Whiskers & Wine” painting event raised money for the shelter, and at September’s Walk on Art Street, paintings created by the shelter dogs were sold — and attendees were offered a chance to meet some of the pups as they were brought to the event as well. But not all of it is intended to bring in money. The shelter dogs are featured annually in the Oktoberfest Parade with volunteer walkers. The annual dog paddle at The Beach Ottumwa brings in supplies for the shelter. “It’s about getting the animals out there and adopted,” Harvey said. HHS employees also use The shelter can house 87 cats and 94 dogs. 26 BUSINESS PEOPLE social media and the internet to introduce the animals to the public and to celebrate when adoptions are made. For the board and employees, that’s the ultimate goal. “It’s a busy place. We always hope it’s for adoptions,” said Harvey. Sporer adds on, saying she finds it most rewarding “to know when the animals come in, they get a second chance at life and a home.” Two dogs greet visitors to the dog room at Heartland Humane Society. Thank You To Our Readers www.ottumwacourier.com 641-683-4611