I was born and raised in Escanaba but now live in Western Wisconsin. I keep track of what happens in my hometown through The Daily Press and Facebook. A while ago, I came upon the Facebook site for the Delta Animal Shelter. I did not know that the county had closed the shelter last year and that it was re-opened by community members dedicated to finding loving "forever homes" for lost, abandoned, surrendered and abused pets of all types and sizes. I've been watching on Facebook as the animals come in and get adopted at the shelter and I really enjoy reading the posts by the dedicated staff.
I had the privilege of touring the shelter when I was home a week ago. It was amazing! We adopted our oldest cat from the shelter 12 years ago. Willy has been a huge part of our family - we couldn't imagine life without him. My tour of the shelter left me feeling uplifted. It was not a dark, smelly or sad place. If I hadn't seen all of the animals in that small space, I wouldn't even have known that they lived there as it was that clean and smelled that good.
There were kittens playing in the front, mischievous, sparkling eyes and playful paws reaching out of the kennels of the bigger cats hoping for my attention and there was a tremendous amount of tail-wagging going on in the dog area. Wow what a difference from the shelter I knew years ago.
It was explained to me what a vital role the volunteers and local veterinarians play in the new shelter. The vets help with the spaying and neutering of all of the animals before they leave the shelter (an awesome new practice to ensure it is done). The volunteers help by cleaning, playing with the cats and kittens and exercising and "de-stressing" the dogs. And of course, everyone gets a bath when needed.
My heart filled with joy as I walked through the facility. I don't know if the Delta County community realizes this, but the Delta Animal Shelter is currently in first place in the entire state of Michigan in a contest on the Animal Rescue Site that ends on June 17th. The contest will award grants to the winning shelters of $1,000 to $5,000. What a difference this money could make to our shelter! I have been voting from Wisconsin for well over a month now and I have friends from all over the country voting as well. I encourage all our of community members to rally behind our newly run shelter. Vote yourself and tell all of your friends and family members to vote too! Lets win this one for those beautiful animals who can't do so for themselves and for the amazing dedicated staff and volunteers that care for them. The website for voting is: www.theanimalrescuesite.com. You can vote every 12 hours and the voting ends on June 17th. Come on Delta County.... lets bring home 1st place!
I've learned that the shelter is always in need of donations of household things and of course money. Consider dropping off some needed supplies once a month, sponsoring an animal's adoption fee(a great thing for families or small businesses to do) and of course donating ANY amount of money. It will all help and is tax deductible.
On a final note, after my tour, I made up my mind that I will be adding the Delta Animal Shelter to my will. I encourage all of you who have set up wills or are in the process of setting up wills to consider leaving any amount to the shelter. What a legacy that would be! With all of our gifts, maybe some day they can build a new, much bigger and better shelter that will last for decades to come!
If you have any questions, please contact the Delta Animal Shelter at 906-789-0230. They have always been very friendly and willing to answer any of my questions.