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Humane Society Relies on Volunteer Help

The Humane Society of Marathon County is sort of like a hotel.
The pristine lobby greets all guests who come through the doors,
but behind the scenes, there are lots of housekeeping tasks to keep this 24/7 operation running at full speed.
That is where the volunteers come in to play.

"Usually when I come in the morning, we do cleaning. We start in the front room, and it is pretty much litter box cleaning, cage cleaning, disinfecting, just the basic things that you need to keep the cats clean and healthy." says volunteer Patti Krueger.

Patti and Darla are two of the most dedicated volunteers.
Whether its laundry, dishes, or litter box cleaning, these feline housekeepers work hard, and never expect a tip from the cats at the end of their stays.

"Sometimes they give you kisses. Even though you don't think they would, sometimes they do. They just snuggle with you. " says volunteer Darla Norton.

Whether its kitty litter patrol or feeding time, they are always willing to help out.
For Darla, her passion for volunteering came out of some unfortunate circumstances.

"I used to donate a lot of goods here. Probably once a month I would donate stuff, but unfortunately I lost my job so I couldn't donate as much for food, so I figured I could donate my time. " Darla says.

Now, both say that volunteering is an extremely rewarding way to give back to the community.

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