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Ontonagon shelter seeks millage

Funds needed for operational costs

October 19, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - The Ontonagon County Animal Protection isn't like a lot of other shelters. That is, no animal will be euthanized because room needs to be made for other animals. However, to keep this program going, OCAP is in need of funds and is looking for people to vote yes in support of OCAP on Nov. 6.

The millage request is .15 mills over a four-year period, meaning that for every $1,000 of taxable property, a person will pay 15 cents toward the shelter. If a person has a taxable property value of $30,000, they will pay $4.50 a year.

Janet Wolfe, vice president of OCAP, said construction and operation of the shelter depends exclusively on donations and fundraising, but it doesn't provide enough money to keep the shelter running.

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Lily was housed at the OCAP shelter until she was adopted last month.

"Our treasurer has crunched the numbers and determined that we need $37,000 a year for utilities maintenance, food and veterinary services for our animals," Wolfe said.

Over the past two years alone, OCAP has helped find homes for more than 120 animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and even a llama.

"The way I look at it, most people want animals taken care of," Wolfe said. "But most people can't take them into their own homes."

The shelter is run on a volunteer basis and consists of between 18 and 20 volunteers, Wolfe said. Around six hours of volunteer time is put in every day, seven days a week.

OCAP can house up to eight dogs and 20 cats, but they haven't reached their occupancy limit. If that were to happen, Wolfe said they have ways of finding a solution.

"We do have several of our members who will take cats or dogs on a temporary basis," Wolfe said.

For more information, contact OCAP at 884-4227. The building is located at 102 Island Road, Ontonagon, Mich.



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