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Don't leave pets at humane society after-hours

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--The Marathon County Humane Society reminds pet owners not to drop off unwanted or stray animals at the shelter after-hours. This comes after workers found a Daschund in a crate outside the shelter Friday morning. Attached to the crate there was a note which said the dog's name was Gigi and she was left there because her owners planned to  move.

Humane Society workers posted a video of the dog  on Facebook with  a reminder about why after hour drop-offs should not happen.  Mary Kirlin, Executive Director of the HSMC said, "We are glad that the dog is safe. We are here to provide shelter and find new homes for the animals. But, it is unsafe to leave a dog unattended out there. We want people to know that there is no fee for surrendering a pet. Some people have the misconception that the humane society charges for surrendering a pet. We do not. We accept donations. But if someone can't pay, we do not require money."

 Gigi is now being readied for adoption. She is one of nearly 3 thousands animals cared for by shelter workers in Marathon County each year. The shelter has a $500,000 budget. That sum is made up of  donations and money from fundraisers, plus a contract from Marathon County.

To learn more about shelter hours, volunteer opportunities and available pets check out:  http://www.catsndogs.org/

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