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Community rallies together for animal shelter

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LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) - Leaders at the Langlade County Humane Society say the shelter is struggling to make ends meet. Shelter manager Deb Wojan says the humane society is surviving month to month.

"It's a sticky situation because you don't want to let any bills go," said Wojan.

Wojan says it can cost as much as $18,000 a month to run the shelter. She says bills for facility costs, wages and medicine all add up.

"There's times I didn't know if I could make payroll and we try to cut our hours, but the animals still have to be taken care of," said Wojan.

Workers say, on average, the shelter houses about 80 total cats and dogs. Without a shelter she says these animals wouldn't have a place to go.

"They would be running around dying, spreading diseases," said Wojan.

But in Elcho, community members are trying to keep that from happening. One man says the shelter's struggles inspired jump into action and hold a fundraiser.

"A lot of people in the Northwoods here all have pets," said Bobby Vintage, event organizer. "They all have pets and they all have concerns about pets and I just thought to myself I've got to do something about that."

Vintage, along with the Elcho Clubhouse and the Elcho-Pelican Lakes Lioness Club, held a fundraiser to give the humane society a boost.

"A one-day event like this gets people all together," said Vintage. "Gets them thinking, if nothing else."

Event organizers say they raised several thousand dollars selling raffle tickets and silent auction items.

"It's huge and the community has stepped up," said Wojan. "It all adds up and it helps a lot, so it's really really appreciated."

Shelter leaders say they couldn't be more thankful for each donation.

The humane society manager says the shelter will also be receiving a $25,000 grant from the Elwyn Remington Foundation in Antigo. The grant will help pay for a new furnace and dog kennels.

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