Popular, energetic variety band Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z will headline Woofstock the evening of July 20 at Deacon Mills Park. Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z features a three-piece horn section and caters to all tastes in music. Woofstock is one of several fundraisers for the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS). The event will include games, watersports, food, and drinks for all ages.
Fun fundraisers are key to supporting the shelter! Lucky Dog CaTsino Night, an evening of casual gaming and raffles, will take place on April 21 at Ripon’s Royal Ridges. A rummage sale will be held at the shelter June 1 and 2. The Dog Walk, held during Ripon’s Septemberfest event, is September 15. Dogs, their owners, and people who love to see dogs in costume are welcome at Ripon’s Village Green for dog contests, raffles, and a walk on the Northwestern Trail. Top pledge earners for the walk win prizes.
Adopting from GLAAS saves the lives of two animals—the one adopted and the one moving into the empty space. The shelter’s focus is on enhancing the lives of animals and people through education, adoption, and compassion. An open admission shelter, GLAAS accepts and places primarily dogs and cats. However, the shelter has taken in chinchillas, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, birds, turtles, fish, potbellied pigs, and has assisted in the rescue of horses, large birds, and other reptiles. If they can’t take an animal, they can find a rescue that can. The shelter is also a resource for wildlife issues.
Staff examines, assesses, and provides veterinary care for pets daily. They talk with potential adopters to create successful matches. Most animals end up in shelters not because of abuse or bad behavior, but because of “people reasons”: divorce, a move, lack of time, or finances.
GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of needed items is on their website and includes cleaning, pet, and office supplies. Donations can be made online. Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance.
Many pets are waiting at GLAAS to be loved and to bring comfort, happiness, wonder, and laughter to your life. Visit in person or online at glaas.org . The shelter is located near Green Lake, just east of the intersection of Highways 23 and 49 on Busse Drive. Call (920) 294-3042 and like the shelter on Facebook to stay up to date!
Jean Cornelius is a Freelance Writer and Photographer.