Animal shelter adds memory wall

FAIRMONT – Martin County Humane Society has added another twist to its ongoing fundraising efforts: A second memory wall honoring beloved pets has been erected at the Carl Nettifee Animal Shelter in Fairmont.

“We’ve already had people contact us,” said Marilyn Belseth, board member and shelter volunteer. “They’re waiting for this to be done.”

The new wall sits adjacent to the shelter, in front of the existing wall, which is covered with plaques bearing names of four-legged family members that have died.

Martin County Ready-Mix donated concrete for the memorial, and Fairmont city crews dug the hole for the base.

Plaques on the new memory wall are available for a $100 donation. The installation date of the engraved blocks will depend on the weather, Belseth said. A minimum temperature must exist to allow the plaque to adhere to the wall.

This project kicks off a string of fundraising events for the shelter, with three scheduled for September. Next up is a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at St. John’s United Church of Christ on North Main Street.

“A lot of people have bulbs this time of year, and hostas – they always go,” Belseth said. “A lot of people lost their hostas last winter because the weather was so cold.”

Plants for the sale, called “Dig, Divide and Donate,” can be dropped off at the church from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

At 2 p.m. Sept. 21, the Humane Society will host its annual dog walk at Cedar Creek Park.

The following week, Fleet and Farm will be the site for a bake sale. Donated item can be dropped off any time after 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at the store, with the sale running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

Plans also are under way for the annual wine-tasting party in October at Red Rock Center.

The Fairmont Glows parade offers the opportunity for a holiday-themed craft and bake sale at St. John’s UCC.

“All this money goes to keep the shelter going,” Belseth said.

Although only two staff people are paid at the shelter, the veterinary bills and food costs are continuous.

“Our goal is to have the animals all spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter,” she said.

Recent weeks have brought a deluge of cats to the shelter.

“We only have 18 dogs, but we are at capacity for cats,” Belseth said. “We had 128 cats in July. The shelter can handle 40 cats so all the rest have to be in foster homes. We’re very fortunate to have great fosters.”

As a result of the influx of felines, the shelter is waiving its cat adoption fee through August. Anyone wishing to adopt a cat or cats just has to complete the application form.