By Betty Dahms
Central Iowa Press
Each one had a tale to tell, each one had a tail. A tale of a pit bull named "Cinnamon" who will certainly remove the fear humans have when they hear the word pit bull. A tale of 'Carson" and "Beezus", a brother and sister found on the side of a road, cold, hungry, but staying together when either could hardly see. Now happy and healthy the black lab-mix brother and sister are still together side-by-side. The tails were short, long, stubby, fluffy and curly. These were among the adorable adoptable animals from the Tama Co. Humane Society at a community fundraiser held for the shelter on Sunday, November 13, at the Gladbrook Memorial Building.
Helping out in the “pasta bar” at the fundraiser held for the Tama Co. Humane Society are left to right: Chelsea Reinhard, organizer of the event, and third year medical student at the College of Veterianry Medicine at ISU; Claire Reinhard, of Gladbrook Gals & Guys 4-H Club; Pauline Flamme, Gladbrook Gals & Guys 4-H, Nicole Jackson, third year medical student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU, and co- president along with Chelsea of the Feral Cat Alliance at ISU; and Shelby Scarf, Gladbrook Gals & Guys 4-H.
Photo by Betty Dahms
The Tama Co. Humane Society, located at 1406 E. 5th Street, Tama, Iowa, is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, opened its doors to homeless animals in October 2009. The Tama Co. Humane Society has many guardian angels, the caring people with a dream to bring a shelter to Tama county, the loving volunteers and board members who selflessly give these homeless animals such loving care, and the adoptive families that have given these animals a safe and loving home. The happy animals showed just how much love, patience, and time was spent with them as a result of finding a temporary home at the shelter and now hope of a permanent home with some loving family. The shelter is in the process of renovating their facility to include a separate room for cats, indoor/outdoor runs for dogs, a minor surgery area, grooming area and an isolation room.
The shelter is in need of a number of items for their daily operation and to care for the animals at the facility waiting to be adopted, these include, paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, hand sanitizer, canned cat food, dry dog and cat food, kitten chow, scoop-able cat litter, collars, leashes, cat toys, postage stamps, envelopes and computer paper. Apart from the donated items the shelter is in need of human volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the Tama facility, or would like more information on volunteering or adopting please call (641) 481-7001.
The event was organized by Chelsea Reinhard, daughter of Lisa Reinhard of Gladbrook, and third year medical student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Chelsea was awarded the highest 4-H Scholarship this year, the fundraiser was a community service project arranged with the help of the Gladbrook Gals & Guys 4-H Club as part of the scholarship requirements. Chelsea was awarded a grant from this scholarship to carryout her project. Chelsea along with Nicole Jackson, also a third year medical student at the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU, are Co-Presidents of Iowa State University Feral Cat Alliance (FCA). The Feral Cat Alliance is a volunteer, veterinary student organization under supervision of ISU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff dedicated to serving Central Iowa communities by humanely controlling the feral cat population. In October of 2011, 130 feral cats were spayed or neutered by the alliance in one day.
The fundraiser was a huge success for animals and humans alike.