Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River launching capital campaign for building improvements

IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) -The Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River, which also doubles as an animal hospital, needs some improvements to keep its animals and employees safe.

“Our building hasn’t been renovated for about 12 years now,” said the shelter’s board president Lisa Karwoski.

She says the garage door in the back of the building needs to be framed because the building is losing heat too fast. She says there’s also flooding in the garage with rain and snow, and an awning will also be added to make sure water doesn’t drip to the parking lot, which forms ice. All of this creates a hazard for the animals.

“We’re trying to do it in phases, and phase one would be the priority we need,” she explained.

She says the first phase would be around $25,000 to $30,000 which is why the shelter needs the community’s help.

“We’d like to ramp up the facilities for our animals, and that’s the bottom line, that’s why we’re here,” she added.

The Northwoods Animal Shelter which is a nonprofit also has a Four Season Animal Hospital and they just had a new vet start in October.

“It’s just something that I’m passionate about I really just want to help the animals,” said Dr. Maria Zayas.

Four Seasons Animal Hospital Vet Dr. Maria Zayas moved to Iron River a few months ago, and is the first certified vet tech the hospital has had that is available on Saturdays and for emergency’s. The doctor says her workload has been busy, but she looks forward to her…

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