Almost Home Animal Shelter closed out 2019 with fourth-quarter events that not only brought in funds to help the organization with its work but also let the public know more about that work.
Connie Martin, the secretary for Almost Home Animal Shelter in Van Buren, presented the organization’s quarterly report at the Jan. 27 city council meeting, a report that included end-of-the-year totals posted by the shelter.
In the final quarter of 2019 the organization received 39 dogs in October, 40 in November and 35 in December for a three-month intake total of 114.
Twenty-three dogs were claimed in October, 18 in November and 18 in December for a three-month claim total of 59.
Two were adopted locally in October, six in November and four in December for a three-month adoption total of 12
The shelter transported 74 dogs to other facilities over the course of the final quarter of the year with 59 going to Woof Gang Rescue in Wisconsin and 15 to New England Humane Society in Rhode Island.
Totals for 2019 included 480 dogs taken in by the shelter with 192 being claimed, 63 being adopted locally and 294 being transported.
Martin informed the council that the shelter brought in $3,000 during a one-day warehouse sale of donated items in October and another $2,000 in a similar sale in December.
The shelter also participated in Rhodes Chevrolet’s Trunk or Treat event in October, the two-day Holiday Open House event at Tate’s Gifts in November and, for the second year in a row, the Van Buren Christmas Parade in December.
Martin said the shelter’s next big fundraising event, Portraits and Pups, is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Madame’s Main Street Attraction in Van Buren.
“One of our volunteers is a great photographer and she always takes pictures of our rescue dogs,” Martin said. “These pictures were given to local artists and they have painted a portrait of the rescue dog. The portraits are all framed and on the frame is a little brass plate that says, ‘Supporter of Almost Home Shelter.’ At this event, the painting will be on display and the artist will also be there.”
Martin said there will be light refreshments as well as the opportunity for individuals to donate to the shelter by purchasing a portrait.
“The categories have been divided into three different price points and we’re hoping people will buy them,” she said. “We’re also hoping local businesses might buy them and put them in their lobbies or offices to show they are a supporter.”
Almost Home is also preparing for its three-year open house event on March 14 from 1-3 p.m.
“We’ll be serving hot dogs and sodas and we want people to come out and tour the shelter,” Martin said. “And we’ll be giving out door prizes.”
Due to an agreement with the city of Van Buren, the shelter only accepts dogs brought in by the city’s animal control department.