Future Home of WCAHS
The WCAHS Board was notified that the architectural and structural drawings which were submitted to the state in December, 2017, have been approved. The Supervising Professional for this required work, Craig Selander, was hired after the Spooner City Council approved the Board's request for a Conditional Use Permit for the building on Roundhouse Road where Guy Evans' BioActive Nutrients business was located.
What a fortunate opportunity to be able to purchase this well built, sizable building in an ideal location with groomed grounds surrounding it and outside permanent storage units. Much research was done to best select an appropriate animal shelter design, furnishings, etc. In meeting with personnel of various shelters, it was discovered their building projects had taken as long as five or more years, so the rebuilding of Washburn County Area Humane Society's animal shelter really has not faced the time span that other shelters have.
So, after all the process of obtaining permits and planning and building purchase, WCAHS animal shelter will become a reality. The coordinated design effort began with combining the other shelter plans with the very usable design of Shelter Manager, Kim Adams, Building Contractor Bob Swan's suggestions, the Board members' input, and Craig Selander, who connected all the ideas, added his expertise and professionally put it all into his submittable drawing to the State.
The actual renovating process can now begin. Bob's loyal connection to Spooner and his extensive building experience will guarantee a professional remodeling process. He will be getting bids for electrical/lighting, plumbing, HVAC, and concrete work as well as following through on projects until the remodeling work is completed.
Since the fire last year, so many wonderful people have not only donated either directly or through fundraisers, but have also offered to be a hands-on volunteer. In the research meetings with personnel from other shelters, each shelter had a successful volunteer program, and that is what WCAHS wants to implement.
So there is a variety of ideas and timeframes to keep in mind for those who would like to volunteer. The first would be helping throughout the renovation with removal of non-usable furnishings, taking up carpeting, and painting. After the shelter opens, there will always be a need for cat socializing and dog walking, but also assistance in the office, helping as a “meet and greet” person, a telephone receptionist, someone to do household type cleaning (bathroom, office, hallways, window washing), and outside landscaping and lawn care. Fundraising event workers are always appreciated also. All in all, if you have a skill to share, a desire to do something good, and time to dedicate, please contact Kim by emailing email@example.com or phoning 715-635-4720. A volunteer contact list is now being set up, so please indicate what you would like to volunteer for, your name, phone number and/or email address. A specific “need to do” list and “needed items/supplies/furnishings” to donate or donate toward will be set up also. Donations can be mailed to WCAHS, PO Box 328, Spooner, Wisconsin 54801, made via credit card on our website by clicking the Donate tab, or dropped off at the temporary shelter, located at 930 North Front Street, Spooner.
Many followers of the WCAHS Animal Shelter, no doubt, have financial questions regarding the costs surrounding the remodeling of this shelter, how far the insurance coverage payment and fire fund donations already collected will go, and what finances will still be needed, as well as when this new shelter will be open. The option of starting a Capital Campaign Fund has been discussed along with other ideas. Now that the actual shelter rebuilding process has started, as much information as specifically known will be included in the next update. This is a community effort and everyone will be kept as up to date as possible.
A Grand Opening Celebration will be taking place, but it is difficult at this point to be specific on a date. There will, however, be fundraisers coming up, such as the Spring “Pins for Pets” bowling event, which this year will be dedicated to Deb Bethel who passed away recently and was a truly devoted backer of this animal shelter. Also, the second annual Shed Fest to be held at the Potter's Shed in Shell Lake the end of June, and the annual “Sale for Tails” thrift sale the first part of August.
Thank you to all who continue to express loyal interest and support for this animal shelter. The time since the fire in March, 2017, has proven what kind and generous people can do.
Temporary Shelter at 930 N. Front St. in Spooner
The Washburn Co. Area Humane Society now has a temporary shelter. It is located at 930 N. Front St. in Spooner. Beginning October 1, 2017 we will be open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-6pm and on Saturday from noon until 4:00pm. We will be closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Please call the shelter phone at 715-635-4720 with any animal questions or concerns and we will answer your call as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during this transition time!
We are on Petfinder and will be posting our adoptable pets there. Click the Petfinder link below to view. Also, you can click on the Facebook link on the top of this page for additional information.
Many people have been asking about our needs, both our everyday needs and our needs for when we move to the new building. As most of you know our shelter burned down in March and we lost just about everything - leashes, collars, medical items, bowls, toys, supplies, equipment. So we thought we would create an Amazon Wish List. We put together a list of everyday needs as well as items for the new building and we will be updating it. We tried to make it easy for those who would like to help out by giving a wide range of options and tried to keep them in some sort of order - please scroll through. Items can be shipping directly to the temporary shelter. There is an address on file with the list when you check out.
THANK YOU to all of you for always being so supportive. Click on the Amazon wish list logo above to go to our wish list.
DONATION PRESENTED TO WCAHS
Some of the members of the Helping Paws After School Club from Shell Lake visited the shelter on December 4 and presented money they earned at their school craft fair selling dog blankets and pet toys they had made. This group continues to support the animals at our shelter with their enthusiasm and kindness. Thank you!
SPOONER FARMERS MARKET HOLDS EVENT FOR WCAHS
A big THANK YOU to the Spooner Farmers Market for putting on such a great fundraiser to benefit the Washburn County Area Humane Society!!! We truly appreciate all of your efforts!
What's Happening at WCAHS
Regular clay cat litter (not scoopable), Purina kitten chow, detergent, bleach, cat treats, Purina or Alpo canned dog food. Click on Urgent Needs button for additional items. Items may be dropped off at our temporary shelter on Mondays from 12-4pm, or at Spooner Market and Grill at 110 Walnut Street in Spooner during their normal business hours of Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-2pm, Friday & Saturday evening 5pm-8:30pm and Sunday 9am-1pm.