The vision of the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) is a community in which pets are part of the family; are provided with compassionate care, companionship, and training; and are spayed or neutered. They partner with two low-cost spay/neuter clinics, offering pet owners an affordable way to do the responsible thing.
Fundraisers are key to supporting the shelter, and there will be two in 2020. There’s a win-win opportunity to help the shelter by cleaning out your closets and basement and donating to the fourth annual rummage sale May 29 through 30.
And there’s the Dog Walk, held during Ripon’s Septemberfest event, on September 19. 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 walk pledge earners win prizes.
Adopting from GLAAS saves the lives of two animals—the one adopted and the one moving into the empty space. An open-admission shelter, GLAAS accepts and places primarily dogs and cats, but can help with any animal issue. If they can’t take an animal, they’ll find a rescue that can.
Staff examines, assesses, and provides daily veterinary care for pets. 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, and lack of time or finances.
GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of items needed, including cleaning, pet, and office supplies, can be found on their website. Donations can also be made online. Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance.
The pets at GLAAS are waiting to be loved and bring comfort, happiness, wonder, and laughter to your life! Meet them in person—the shelter is near Green Lake just east of the intersection of Highways 23 and 49. Pictures of a few of the available cats and dogs can be found online at glaas.org . Pictures and fun videos are often shared on Facebook, so be sure to like the shelter!
Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer.
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
N6217 Busse Road
Green Lake, WI 54941
The Lifesaving Tree is a 7’x 6’ tree cut from oak wood by local craftsman Kevin Brown. The leaves are personalized cherry wood paw prints available in three sizes: $45, $95, and $135. Paw prints can honor or memorialize a pet, friend, or person; advertise a business; or simply express a meaningful sentiment. All proceeds from paw print sales are used exclusively for medical care expenses for shelter pets.