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 healthypawspetinsurance.com/rescue-race.

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.”

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