ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Animal Protection is close to completing a kennel project after a successful bout of fundraising.
Dot Phillips, who was re-elected to a two-year term as president, said the shelter on M-38 has been worked on extensively throughout the summer.
"We're finishing up and hopefully by the end of the month, we'll have (dogs) in there," she said.
Thanks to the shelter's annual fundraiser and work at the Ontonagon Labor Day Festival, the group was able to raise money to help with the dog quarter renovations.
"The board and other volunteers helped out there," she said. "It was very successful."
The project has been in the works for quite some time and the plan is to renovate and expand the dog quarters of the shelter. Currently, the kennels are in place and were in need of paint, doors and outdoor fencing.
"It's going really good," she said.
Phillips said by the end of the week, the outdoor work may be complete, depending on when the cement truck arrives, and next, they plan to install doggy doors.
OCAP is also still looking for volunteers to clean kennels and walk dogs, as well as socialize with the animals.
"At this time, the shelter lacks the staffing to be open regular hours," Phillips said. "But our adoptable animals can be previewed at Ontonagon County Animal Protection on PetFinder."
Since the shelter can only take so many dogs and cats, volunteers are needed to help take care of the pets. In fact, the shelter still has its fostering program, where interested families can take pets home on a temporary basis. Phillips said the folks at the shelter prefer to talk to the families and be sure they know how to take care of pets before assigning them an animal to foster.
"We're licensed for 20 cats and if we get more than that, we have to do something until we get them adopted out," she said.
At OCAP's annual meeting in July, board members were elected to the its 2012-13 governing board with members serving various term lengths to maintain continuity. Along with Phillips being elected president, Janet Wolfe was named vice president for a one-year term, Sheryl Mason was elected treasurer for a two-year term and Dawn Buss-Glodowski was elected secretary for a one-year term. Lee McCaffery and Sandi Jensen were elected trustees for three- and one-year terms, respectively. Barb Martin was added as a trustee after another resigned from a two-year term after the board elections.
For more information about volunteering or fostering pets, contact Phillips at 869-9291.