A new section of roofing has been constructed over the outdoor kennels at the Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) Adoption Center on North Stevens Street in Rhinelander. The roof section is being replaced under an agreement between the City of Rhinelander and the Humane Society, where each will pay half the cost of the project.
Labor for the project is being supplied by a group of volunteers known as Community Impact that travels throughout Wisconsin doing maintenance and improvements for towns, cities and private citizens. Estimates for materials have totaled more than $10,000.
“Over the years, the kennels, sidewalks and building additions were done piecemeal”, said Anna Kazda, President of OCHS. “We now have a variety of roof lines and valleys. We had a situation where a sloped cement walkway was exposed to the weather, and it became an icy nightmare in the winter and spring. It was essential for us to get that walkway covered in order to protect our employees and people who were considering adopting pets. In order to accomplish that, we needed a new section of roofing over the walkway and the outdoor kennels.”
John Sager, Treasurer of OCHS, worried that the large bill for the roof section comes at a time when OCHS is just getting started. “Although we’ve done a lot of planning and research, we don’t really know what it’s going to cost to manage the Adoption Center yet. A $5,000 roofing project now could jeopardize our ability to meet our utility obligations next winter,” John said.
“Donations from the public are the backbone of the Humane Society,” said Karla Ortman, Vice President of OCHS. “We’ve always felt that when we’re doing the right thing for the animals, people will step up and chip in to help us out. In the end, it’s all about the animals.”
The mission of the Oneida County Humane Society is to value each life we touch through protection and life-enhancing care and to strengthen the human-animal bond through education, promoting the dignity and well-being of all animals. The Oneida County Humane Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, visit ochspets.org.