The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

February 24, 2014

Animal adoptions begin


“Our answering machine is filling up with people looking for their dog,” said Stan McHawes, shelter director for Heartland Humane Society.

What appears to have happened, said the director, is that there has been a recent string of dog thefts: Dogs disappearing from yards. When people heard about the hoarding situation, some families thought whoever had been collecting animals might have had their pet. Call after call has come into Ottumwa asking what kind of dog they’d rescued.

The description is for a medium sized (about 40 pounds) mixed breed dog, perhaps some kind of terrier, with a reddish brown coloring. The Wapello County group rescued two cats, too.

As for the good news, Heartland helped in another way, too: The live, adult goat (nicknamed “Frank” by law enforcement) came back to Ottumwa with the Heartland Humane Society. A journalist at the scene in Drakesville Friday said the big goat seemed thrilled to get food and to be outside. He has a new home.

“A farmer took Frank, two goat kids and two lambs,” said McHawes.

Though the agency was closed as usual for a couple days, they are now ready to adopt the animals out to loving homes.

The Des Moines rescue group was open on Saturday, when 40 animals were adopted. By presstime Monday, that number was 58. If you’re looking to adopt, said Filer, a few of the animals are on being listed on the Internet. But contacting the ARL with what you’d like is probably the easiest way to find something.

Colvin said enthusiasts of specific species have been adopting animals. One took several of the chickens. Be aware, he agreed, that these are not animals meant to be food.

“These are pets,” he said. “And we check everybody we adopt to.”

The public has been asking how to help.

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