“It’s so unique, with a ton of different types of animals, we’ve been asking for financial support,” said Filer. “In the past, we’ve had some situations where we can ask for specific items, like aquariums. This time, we’ve got to go out and get supplies for 30 species of animal.”
There’s also medical expenses for the critters and the additional professional staff the ARL of Iowa had to bring in to handle a sudden influx of 300 animals.
The Courier asked Heartland Humane Society if Wapello and Davis county area residents should send the Ottumwa shelter a check instead of sending one to Des Moines.
“At this point,” said McHawes at Heartland Humane, “I think they could probably use the money more than we can.”
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