ONTONAGON - The .15-mill request to keep the Ontonagon County Animal Protection has passed with 1,842 votes for yes and 1,552 votes for no.
OCAP Vice President Janet Wolfe said she's thrilled about the millage passing and the opportunities OCAP now has because of it.
"We are obviously overjoyed by the community support for our shelter," Wolfe said. "We truly needed this money to remain open and operate. We're looking forward to serve the community and the animals in the best way we can."
Wolfe said that until the millage passed they were operating strictly on donations.
"If we were going to be taking cats and dogs to the vet, feed them and buy kitty litter, we needed to have this money," Wolfe said.
It costs $37,000 a year to keep the shelter open. That money goes toward gas, heat and other bills. The shelter is run on a volunteer basis.
"We were scratching our heads and wondering how we were going to do it," Wolfe said. "We didn't know how we were going to make it without the millage."
Wolfe said the shelter is important because every community has lost, abandoned or stray animals. Wolfe thought the millage would pass because the Ontonagon community is a kind one.
"We take care of our kids, we take care of our old people and we take care of our animals - we take care of each other," Wolfe said. "This is all part of the fabric of Ontonagon."
Community members can call Sheryl Mason at 884-2009 for cats and Dayle LaBine at 884-2180 for dogs.