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Paws With a Cause just because

By Staff | Apr 29, 2008

Sue Laue of the Human Society of Northwest Iowa brought Kip, an Australian shepherd, for Orva Kaltved at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society Monday. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Residents of Estherville Good Samaritan Society and Rosewood Manor were in for some furry, wiggly treats Monday when Paws With a Cause, the folks from the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa, dropped in for a visit with some of their fine, four-footed friends.

Kate Whitrock, Humane Society of Northwest Iowa executive director, along with staff members Rita Nuebel, Sue Laue, and Judy Hoffman brought some particularly amiable pals along.

The pals included Montana, a purebred Australian shepherd, and Kip, an overly affectionate lab puppy.

While dogs offer unconditional love, Whitrock said that, unfortunately, some of their owners don’t feel the same about them.

“They had people at one time that gave them up,” she said.

She then thanked the residents for sharing their love with the animals.

“You’re giving our dogs and our cats unconditional love and that’s pretty special,” she said.

In addition to bringing pets around for shut-ins, the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa offers behavioral counseling for animals. “It’s really good for the animals too,” she said. Think of it as a sort of puppy boot camp … but a lot nicer, of course. Whitrock works with owners too, so they know how to help train their pets.

The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa, which serves Emmet County, is located at 607 28th St. in Milford. The phone is 712-338-2738. The humane society is open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. They’re closed Monday through Wednesday.

You can view pets available for adoption by going on-line to www.humanesocietyofnwia.com