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Ontonagon animal shelter complete

Facility ready to house dogs and cats

November 5, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - Visitors to the Ontonagon County Animal Protection shelter Saturday got to see the upgrades volunteers have made and why they want it to continue for years to come.

OCAP held an open house at its shelter Saturday, giving visitors a tour of the facility, including newly constructed outdoor kennels.

OCAP treasurer Sheryl Mason said there were two reasons behind the open house. The first was to promote a millage for the shelter on Tuesday's ballot in Ontonagon County. The request calls for .15 mills over four years.

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Susie America’s Sweetheart, one of 13 cats at the Ontonagon County Animal Protection shelter awaiting adoption Saturday morning, relaxes on a chair during Saturday’s open house.

"Just in order to keep the doors open and function even better than we have been, we need the millage," Mason said.

Another reason for the open house was to show off the outdoor kennels. Completed on Friday, the kennels have doggy doors connecting them to the existing kennels inside.

"We're really glad," Mason said. "It took a lot of work to get this done."

President Dot Phillips said the new kennels have been generating interest in the community.

"(The open house) gives people an opportunity to see for themselves," she said.

As of Saturday afternoon, there were 13 cats and kittens at the shelter, and two dogs. But that number's in constant flux; four cats were adopted in the past week, Mason said. Another dog, a 3-year-old golden retriever, had just been brought in.

Among the dogs is Jordan, a German shepherd who came to the shelter in 2010 as a stray. Recovered from severe infections in both ears, she's a happy dog with a love of tennis balls and belly scratches.

"She's one of our success stories," Mason said.

Deanna Morin of Ontonagon was an early visitor to the open house. While she isn't a volunteer, she donates when she can.

"It's a worthwhile project," she said. "These people work tirelessly to keep this open. They've gone beyond the call of duty for these pets."

For more information, contact OCAP at 884-4227.



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