CCHS could win contest

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Humane Society could get up to $20,000 in a national contest.

The shelter was picked as one of six finalists in the Healthy Paws Rescue Race’s competition. All six will receive grants of at least $5,000, according to the website of Healthy Paws, a pet insurance company based in Bellevue, Washington. First place will receive $20,000, while second place will receive $10,000.

“There’s always increasing vet costs, so we might use it for something like that, or it might be a more interactive area for our cat rooms … there’s always building improvements that have to be done,” said shelter manager Becki Clouthier.

Voters choose from the stories of six dogs – one from each organization – on the site. The CCHS is represented by Morgan, a dog taken to the CCHS after years of a neglectful home situation.

“Now she’s in a wonderful home,” Clouthier said.

Voters are then asked to indicate in which state they live.

People can vote online at

As of Thursday afternoon, the CCHS was in sixth place with 585 votes. The first-place organization had more than 5,000.

Clouthier said as a non-profit, most of the shelter’s revenues come through donations and fundraisers.

“We do a lot of stuff for our community and we like to be involved in saving as many animals as possible,” she said. “Every little bit helps. We are a non-profit, so all the money we get goes towards the animals.”