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Beltrami Humane Society sees turnaround in 2012

BEMIDJI – During the year 2012, the Beltrami Humane Society adopted out 260 dogs and cats, a 20 percent increase from 2011, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the nonprofit agency.

The total includes 123 dogs and 137 cats.

The shelter took in 119 animals from the city and township impounds and another 104 from the public during 2012.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide this service to the community,” said Executive Director Brandon Mustful.  “It is a joy every time we find a new home for an animal.”

The Beltrami Humane Society said it also had a successful year financially. It obtained funding for a number of projects, including new fencing for the dog pens, a new roof, communal cat rooms and an employment project with the Developmental Achievement Center of Bemidji.

At the end of 2011, the shelter nearly closed due to a shortfall in money.

“We recognize that we could not continue in our mission without the support of our community,” Mustful said in the release. “We are so thankful for everyone who has contributed to our success.”

This year, the Beltrami Humane Society will be finishing a process of strategic planning. More fundraisers are planned, including the third annual Chowhound Chili Feed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Classic Hard Times Saloon.

For a free-will donation, guests will be able to try 10 types of chili from various local restaurants.  In addition, there will be raffles, music, and a bake sale.

The Beltrami Humane Society, 1612 Carr Lake Road, is open from 12:30- 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.