A decade ago the Animal Relief Fund for a Shelter, dubbed ARFS, started by a group of Mills county residents concerned about the welfare of stray dogs and cats in the shelterless county, hatched a plan to cure the problem.
On Monday, that plan came to fruition as the shelter, now called the Loess Hills Humane Society (LHHS) opened its doors to Mills County strays at a state-of-the art, 6,000 square foot facility on 2.5 acres of land south of Pacific Junction on 221st Street.
Shelter president Jane Susgin and the LHHS staff hosted a Glenwood Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. More than two dozen visitors were treated to a tour of the facility whose $700,000 construction cost was generated by donations, including a $200,000 donation by the Lied Foundation Trust. The building has the capacity for up to 28 dogs and 60 cats along with separate climate controlled kennel rooms for dogs and cats pending adoption, “get acquainted rooms” for prospective owners, office space, a gift shop area, a grooming area and its own surgical room.
The shelter has contracted with Glenwood, Henderson Pacific Junction and Silver City to hold strays and provide animal control services. All dogs in rural areas of unincorporated Mills County as well as dog owners within the city limits of Glenwood, Henderson, Pacific Junction and Silver City are required to license their pets.
Susgin said rescued strays will be held for a minimum of two to three weeks to first determine ownership and allow the animals to be medically checked out, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered, if needed, before they are evaluated for adoptability. It’s only after that determination is made that the dog or cat will be available for adoption.
“No animals leave here without being spayed or neutered and evaluated – follow up is just too hard,” she said. “Since we are managing the Council Bluffs shelter now, every animal will be treated differently and evaluated differently to determine if they are available. It doesn’t really matter how long we have a dog before adoption, it’s getting traffic in and people in to see them that gets them adopted.”
Licensing for a spayed or neutered dog will be $10 and $25 for intact dogs.
LHHS Plans Clinics In August
The Loess Hills Humane Society is hosting a series of clinics this month on dog licensing, spaying and neutering and microchipping.
Dog licensing will be required in all unincorporated area of Mills County and in Glenwood, Henderson, Pacific Junction and Silver City.
License fees are $10 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $25 if intact. Proof of current rabies vaccination and proof of spay or neutering will also be required. All licensing fees go towards the operation of Loess Hills Humane Society.
Dog Licensing / Vaccination / Microchipping Clinics
Aug. 22, at the Loess Hills Humane Society, 21600 221St St. South, Pacific Junction, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Aug. 29 at the Silver City Fire Station, Main Street, Silver City, 10 a.m. to Noon.