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Johnson stands up for pets’ rights

August 23, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

When the only words you know are "woof" or "meow", you really need someone to stand up and speak for you.

Here in Emmet County, one of those people would be Jennifer Johnson, marketing director for the Emmet County Animal Shelter. Johnson and shelter director Kristi Henning are in fact strong voices for pets' rights in our area. And Johnson told Estherville Rotarians Thursday how they also can help protect the rights of animals.

So what do we think when we think of animal shelters? That's the place you take pets so they can put them down, right?

Well, that's not the case at all, Johnson told Rotarians. In fact, she said the shelter works with people so theycan keep pets in their homes. Working with groups like People for Pets, they try to match up abandoned and unwanted animal with new owners. Just recently, they were able to find owners for four lab puppies dumped in the Des Moines River.

Despite the efforts of shelters, though, Johnson said five to six million companion anaims lose their lives in a shelter due to the want of a home each year.

So what's the process for adopting an animal from the shelter?

Johnson said those who want to adopt animals may go to and complete a questionnaire which helps shelter volunteers determine how to make the best decision on the part of hte animal. A small adoption fee helps cover the cost of spaying/neutering or vaccination.

With 40 cats and kittens already up for adoption, Johnson said the local shelter is only likely to get busier. The said the Pocohontas animal shelter is losing its quarters so the Emmet County Animal Shelter is stepping in to help out.

"It's very rewarding to foster," said Johnson.

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