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R. R. Branstrom | Daily Press
Nicole Patterson plays with Donnie, a dog available for adoption at the Delta Animal Shelter.

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter is, as usual, busy and welcomes help from the community.

The no-kill shelter is at capacity for cats. 67 cats are currently in-house; another 17 are in foster homes. All are in need of good homes. Adoptions will help with intake, as there is a waitlist for feline surrenders.

“Generally we have a bit of a lull in the wintertime, but it has not happened this year,” said Shelter Operations Coordinator Vonnie Bruce.

16 adoptable dogs are at the shelter while four are in foster homes. An additional 11 are in the Dawgs Adapt program at Alger Correctional Facility in Munising, where people in prison work with the dogs to get them socialized and ready for adoption.

There is room at the shelter for canine surrenders, but all must be done by appointment. The number for the shelter is (906) 789-0230. They are open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Two rabbits named Flopsy and Mopsy are up for adoption from the shelter.

Rehoming or surrendering a pet can be a difficult decision, but when it isn’t an option — or if a pet owner is experiencing some struggles but is not at quite that point — the Delta Animal Shelter offers resources to help keep the animal at home. When feeding becomes a financial challenge, the shelter can provide food assistance for dogs and cats of Delta County residents. They also offer “resources for local dog trainers, animal behaviorists and other home-to-home rehoming options if needed.”

Conversely, aid from those able to provide it keeps things moving forward.

Shelter life is often not ideal, especially for kittens and puppies who have yet to build immunity. Fostering is a way to provide very young or vulnerable animals with care without exposing them to other animals. The shelter provides foster families with food and any other necessities, while “foster volunteers provide the home, the love and the transportation for the pet,” as the website reads. Foster applications may be filled out online (deltaanimal.org) or at the shelter at 6975 County 426 M.5 Rd. in Escanaba.

Donations are always accepted. The shelter’s “wish list” contains the following: Purina cat chow in the blue bag, Purina kitten chow in the yellow bag, Purina One chicken and rice dog food, NutriSource chicken and rice dog food, canned cat and kitten food, canned dog food, soft dog treats, Fresh Step clay cat litter, scoopable cat litter, dog toys, liquid lysol, bleach, paper towels, garbage bags, dog collars and dog leashes.

The first Saturday of each month, the shelter hosts “Happy Tails Story Time,” which is geared towards children three to six years old. Animal-themed books are read to the kids, who get to play with the animals and do crafts.

The Delta Animal Shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the “Fur-raiser,” is in its 11th season and will be held at the Island Resort and Casino on Thursday, May 30. When tickets go on sale, it will be announced on the shelter’s social media.

Donations are also accepted by mail or in the form of cans, bottles, or Elmer’s points.

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