The Humane Society in Kodiak has a
new shelter manger that has new plans on the horizon for the animal shelter to
continue its mission to prevent animal cruelty and promote pet education. Mary
Donaldson has more.
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Rebecca Martines started her first
day as the shelter manager the beginning of this month. She brings her previous
shelter management experience, having run an animal shelter in Ketchikan. She’s been in Kodiak for about a
year now, and plans help the shelter continue to achieve its goals, and to
incorporate a few ideas of her own. She says she is just beginning to tackle
her new job.
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She also says a main goal of the
shelter is to do more in the community. One current program she hopes to expand
on is the foster family program.
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She also says she would like to
build up public education around town by coordinating more school education
programs on responsible pet care. The shelter already works with seniors and the
disabled in town by arranging visits with the pets.
Martines says what will be new is increased
advertising for pets at the shelter.
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Ultimately though, Martines says it is community support that really
helps keep the shelter up and running, along with the city and borough’s
support. She says this is how they continue to run the spaying and neutering
programs, are able to provide medical care and all of the other daily needs for
the shelter animals.
She says she has big shoes to fill
coming into the shelter manager position, but that she looks forward to the
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The shelter’s previous manager was
Kathy Daquilinea, who managed the shelter for 13 years. Anyone interested in
donating, time, money, goods or services or to coordinate an educational presentation
can stop by the Humane Society of Kodiak’s Animal Shelter located at 2409 Mill Bay Road
Tuesday through Saturday.
I’m Mary Donaldson.