MAPS dinner raises $10,500 for homeless pets
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — On Friday, Oct. 2, Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) held its fourth annual Cold Noses/Warm Hearts fundraising dinner at Hotel Marshfield. The event featured delicious food, raffle baskets, silent auction items, and an update on MAPS’ progress.
The over 200 attendees were also treated to a special video presentation by Marshfield Community Television, featuring the transformation of the former airport terminal into MAPS’ new temporary home at 210 W. 29th St. in Marshfield.
The event raised $10,500, and all funds will be used to provide housing and care for the approximately 270 stray animals found in Marshfield annually. MAPS is the first humane organization serving lost and homeless animals in the Marshfield area.
“We are so grateful for the community’s continued support of our cause,” said MAPS President Karen Rau. “The generosity of our donors and the dedication of our volunteers is incredible.”
With MAPS assuming the city contract for stray cats on Sept. 30 and plans to care for dogs — outside of the current foster program — in the near future, Rau added that continued financial support is needed as MAPS grows.
“Every dollar makes a difference,” she said.
MAPS’ online campaign is currently in progress with a goal to raise $8,000 for cages, kennels, and fencing to safely and efficiently care for animals. That campaign can be found at www.loveanimals.org/pets/shelter-renovation.html. Donations may also be mailed to MAPS at P.O. Box 147, Marshfield, WI 54449.
MAPS’ next fundraiser will be “Raising the Woof” on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Rose Bowl Lanes. For more information, visit www.MarshfieldPetShelter.org or call 715-486-5140.