Adopting from the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (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, offering assistance and referrals for situations outside their scope.
The shelter’s vision is a community in which all pets are considered part of the family, receiving compassionate care, companionship, and training. By partnering with a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, GLAAS also offers pet owners an affordable way to help manage the number of animals for which their community can adequately provide care.
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: a divorce, a move, lack of time, or finances.
Fundraisers, key to supporting the shelter, have been impacted by COVID-19. The annual Dog Walk (September 18) is for dogs, their owners, and people who love to see dogs in costume to enjoy dog contests, raffles, and a walk on the Northwestern Trail in Ripon. Top pledge earners for the walk will win prizes. A decision will be made whether the event will be in person or virtual as the date approaches.
GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of needed items, which includes cleaning, pet, and office supplies, is on their website. Donations can be made online. Shelter swag is available on site in the form of hoodies in many colors, T-shirts, travel mugs, tote bags, and baseball caps. Another easy way to help is through AmazonSmile. Choose GLAAS as your charity and the shelter will receive 0.5 percent of your purchase price.
Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance; opportunities are based on current health department guidelines. Many pets at GLAAS are waiting to be loved and to give you comfort, happiness, wonder, and laughter! The shelter is located near Green Lake just east of the intersection of Highways 23 and 49. Pets available for adoption are listed on the website ( glaas.org ) with a description and information about the adoption process. Pictures, fun videos, and event updates are 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