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ALPENA — Animals are arriving at the Huron Humane Society in Alpena as fast as they find new homes, officials say.
At the Alpena City Council meeting on Monday, Humane Society Board Member Mary Eagan provided the shelter’s semi-annual report to update the council on finances, adoptions and improvements to the facility. .
The city allocates $20,000 a year for the shelter to provide animal services.
The Huron Humane Society has operated in Alpena County since 1982.
Eagan said the shelter is in the middle of kitten season, which is impacting the shelter’s bottom line. She said so far this year the shelter has taken in 150 kittens and 58 cats, many of whom need medical attention.
“Many of these animals were in poor health when admitted to the shelter, which means they need veterinary care,” Eagan said in his report. “In the first six months of this year, HHS spent $26,196 on veterinary care alone. This does not include the internal tests, vaccinations and preventive medicine that we carry out at the shelter.
When the care costs for housing, feeding, testing, vaccinations and veterinary care for 24 dogs admitted to the shelter are factored in, Eagan said it cost HHS more than $125,000 up to present this year.
A high percentage of animals admitted to the shelter find homes, Eagan said. She said that so far, 169 of the 232 animals served at the shelter this year have been adopted and six have been returned to their owners.
Even with limited funds, the Humane Society Board of Trustees and facility staff continue to make improvements to provide a better way of life for animals and staff.
In his report, Eagan updated the council on some of the recent changes to the facility.
“Understanding that a healthy, nurturing shelter results in happier, healthier animals, HHS continues to improve the shelter,” she said. “We’ve added new doors to the cat pens that open into catios, allowing cats safe access outside. We’ve sanded and painted the metal on the outside of the dog pens which are attached to our dog kennels.
Eagan thanked the city for investing in the shelter and helping him fulfill his mission and goals.
“Your support really makes a difference and it is greatly appreciated,” she said.