Iron County animal shelters honors founder during 20-year anniversary celebration



IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) – The Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River celebrated 20 years in a particular manner at present.

It’s been 20 years since Claire Tomasoski heard of the necessity for higher animal care in Iron County. She and a number of other volunteers determined to get entangled.

“I made a trip to the animal pound. It was in rough shape. The animals that were living there were not taken care of,” mentioned Claire Tomasoski, Northwoods Animal Shelter Founder.

Tomasoski began the shelter within the basement of a retired mining workplace, and in 2008 it moved into the present location on Sheldon Road in Iron River. Tomasoski says over 4,000 animals have discovered endlessly properties because of the shelter.

“So many people have given their hearts and souls to the animals. For them to gather with you, and there to help you celebrate 20 years, is wonderful,” Tomasoski mentioned. Tomasoski was awarded a plaque for her years of service.

“I’m very proud of Claire [Tomasoski], we all are. It meant something to me because she was the one that asked me to be on the board,” mentioned Lisa Karwoski, Northwoods Animal Shelter President.

The plaque proudly hangs within the entranceway to the shelter. Tomasoski says that the volunteers are the center of the shelter, however generally the function is just not simple.

“It’s happy, there’s a lot of sad and there’s a lot of hope. Most of it is hope and love,” Tomasoski mentioned. Tomasoski says she nonetheless receives letters from pet homeowners that adopted 20 years in the past.

“[The most rewarding part is] the home for the animals. That they find the homes they deserve,” Tomasoski mentioned.

Tomasoski stepped down from the shelter’s board in April, however she nonetheless volunteers her time as a canine walker.

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