Pampering your pet is all the rage these days, with people laying down money for everything from pet massages to gourmet pet treats. On Sunday it didn't cost owners an arm and a leg to pamper their pet, just a friendly donation to the Humane Society.
The Humane Society of Marathon County sponsored its second-annual "Kanine Kafe" at Sylvan Hill on Sunday. Pets and their owners indulged in massages, home-baked treats, and fun in the sun with other animals.
"Pets are part of everybody's family these days. They're not just animals that are left at home," says Mary Girard, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors. "A lot of people consider them their kids, and people spend a lot more time with their animals."
The proceeds from the "Kanine Kafe" will go towards the society's operating costs. It costs about $250,000 to operate the shelter per year, a cost the Humane Society constantly struggles to meet.
"We take care of over 2,000 animals every year here," Girard says. "And there's usually more animals than we have space for."
You'll be hearing about more fundraising drives for the Humane Society in the coming months. On Tuesday they'll be closing on the land for a brand new $1.2 million building. The society has raised about $600,000 so far, but they'll be asking for the community's help to raise the rest.