To the Editor:
Martin County Humane Society and the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone who so graciously supported us in 2013. We had a busy year, with 594 stray or surrendered animals coming to us for care. The food, daily care and medical needs for these animals are costly.
To those who supported us financially in our daily operating needs or contributed to our building fund, we could not exist without you. Whether you gave us a donation or dropped off a bag of food or blankets, it is all needed and appreciated.
Our new building addition was made possible because of the individuals and businesses that care about what we do. If you have not had a chance to see our addition, please stop by sometime.
Because of the addition, we are now able to have a room just for small dogs that come to our shelter. Our reception area isn't crowded if we have more than five people at a time. We now have a "meet-and-greet" area for potential adopters to interact with a cat or dog. It used to be either the hallway or bathroom.
To our volunteers, you're all priceless. Whether you come during our open hours to work, help out with one of our many fundraisers, assist at one of our MNSNAP (spay/neuter all pets) clinics held in Martin County or our Petco affiliated projects, we can't thank you enough.
We do have one area in which we are in need of volunteers: Having adult society members willing to be trained to help out at the front desk, answering questions and doing paperwork for adoptions during our open hours. We are open 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. If we had enough adults willing to help, it may be just once a month that you would be needed.
Most of our fundraiser dates are set for 2014. Our annual rose sale for Valentine's Day is going on now. Our other major fundraisers are the golf outing on June 23; rummage sale on July 18-19; and the "Walk for Animals' on Sept. 21. Plant sale dates have been set for the spring and fall. All fundraisers are an important part of our annual operating budget. Thank you all for your past participation in these events.
And last, a big thank you to our shelter employees and our board of directors. The employees take excellent care of our animals and the board keeps our operations running smoothly.
Nancy Fetters, treasurer
Martin County Humane Society