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Shelter Fest will help dogs, cats

A “no kill” shelter for homeless animals is, as the name implies, dedicated to making sure all of the dogs and cats under its care find “forever homes” with pet lovers who can give them a happy, healthy, long life.

Such is the mission of the Humane Society of the Lakes, which takes in kittens, cats, puppies and dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds from throughout Becker County.

But with space for just 25 dogs and 25 cats within its walls, the shelter is nearly always full, says Vicky Williams, a Humane Society volunteer who is one of the organizers of this year’s Shelter Fest fundraiser.

“We usually have a waiting list,” she said, noting that new animals are taken in as current residents are adopted permanently, or taken in by foster families.

“We always need more foster families,” Williams added.

The 2013 Shelter Fest fundraiser takes place this Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Hotel Shoreham, located in the heart of Shoreham village.

From 6 to 9 p.m., guests are invited to come enjoy live entertainment, buy raffle tickets and bid on a wide array of silent auction items.

“There really is something for everyone,” Williams said of the silent auction. “We have wine and food baskets, jewelry, gift certificates, even a ‘Beer Waggin’ filled with craft beers.”

And then there’s the raffle, which for a mere $2 per ticket, will get you a chance to win prizes including a 50-inch, high definition LED television (first place); a hand-carved moonstone pendant by local artisan Cheryl Lynn (second place); or a unique patio warmer that gives the feeling of sitting by a cozy campfire, minus the smoke (third place).

And of course, there’s the live entertainment, which this year will be provided by Detroit Lakes’ own “singing police chief,” Tim Eggebraaten.

In addition, those who come to the event will be given the first opportunity to view the Humane Society’s new “logo wear” — t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and more, all emblazoned with the HSOL logo — which will be modeled by shelter staff and Humane Society volunteers.

“There will be a little ‘fashion show,’” Williams said with a smile, noting that the clothing items will literally be “fresh from Lakeshirts,” which is busy putting on the finishing touches.

All of the proceeds from the evening, whether it’s from the silent auction, raffle, HSOL merchandise sales, or direct donations, will go toward shelter operations and supplies.

“There are a lot of volunteers, but we also have paid staff,” Williams noted. “They do a lot of socialization, working with animals (to make them ready for adoption).”

In addition, the Humane Society maintains a fund just for the spaying and neutering of shelter animals before they are adopted out, she said.

Other types of veterinary care needed include shots, dental care, examinations and other needs such as medications and food for specialized diets (for cats who have diabetes, kidney disease or other ailments).

New animals at the shelter are also put into quarantine for a short time to make sure they are free of infectious diseases and other ailments that can be spread through contact with other animals and humans.

The shelter also goes through a “shocking” amount of bleach and cleaning supplies each month, just keeping the facilities clean, Williams said.

And of course, “those dogs and cats go through a lot of food,” she added.

Besides cash donations, the shelter always welcomes donations of pet food for all ages, rawhide chews for dogs and toys for cats, flea and tick shampoo, collars, leashes, grooming and cleaning supplies, etc.

A complete “wish list” is available at the website, There is no cost to attend Shelter Fest, though donations of all sizes are gratefully accepted, Williams added.

For more information, please contact the Humane Society of the Lakes by phone, at 218-847-051, or by e-mail, at

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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