Local animal shelter’s dream slowly becoming reality

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MONDOVI, Wis. (WEAU) -- For a non-profit that's been in our area for nearly two decades it's always been a struggle to keep its doors open. But with its passion, dedication, and never-ending strive to give homeless animals a chance for a loving home, Buffalo County Humane Association continues to aid those who can't ask for help.

“I've always loved cats; I take in the stray cats and care for them until they find new homes, some I've had up to almost a year,” said Cindy Krett.

For The Buffalo County Humane Association and its Vice President Cindy Krett, the journey began 18 years ago.

“For 18 years now this continued without having a building,” said President of the Humane Association Brenda Gruber.

With no facility and funds only available from adoption fees, donations and fundraisers; housing the unwanted animals has come down to two spots.

“We still make a go of it and we house as many as possible,” added Gruber.

Gruber runs a dog boarding business and that's where hundreds of dogs throughout the years found their temporarily home; just like 3-year-old Roxy Foxy.

“She's been with us for a year, we're waiting out; she will eventually find a home, I know there is a home out there for her, but we'll keep her as long as we have to,” said Gruber.

“A lot comes out of our own pockets; in a way, we don't mind it because we will get paid for it in ‘here after’, and we're doing a good thing, I feel,” said Krett.

Cats are housed in Mondovi in Krett's basement.

“All animals are kept at our home now which is a little harder for people to come and see them,” explained Krett.

“In October of 08 I went to the bank and put in 32 dollars, that was a start of the building fund account, now we have just under $140,000,” said Gruber.

And there, the dream of a Buffalo County Humane Association’s very own building is slowly starting to turn into reality.

Groundbreaking that took place last year was just the first step of the ladder. The Association still needs funds to finish the building and to maintain it in the future.

“We're quite proud of it, I'm quite proud of it,” said Gruber.

“With the dedication that we've had with these individuals we're going to go forward; we're going to make this building happen, it may take longer than we think, but we're not going to give up.”

With a mission to become a non-kill shelter that educates the public, a goal to save every animal that comes through the doors, and a costly bill for each one of them; The Buffalo County Humane Association says it's hard to know when it will have enough funds to finish the project.

One thing is certain; the association says there are always going to be homeless pets desperately looking for a home.

The humane association is always looking for monetary donations, as well as pet food.

If you would like to donate or to see what animals are available for adoption, visit the link of the side of this article.

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