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Banner Realty honors 30th anniversary by donating ultrasound machine to Huron Humane Society

ALPENA, Mich. — Thanks to a local real estate agency, the Huron Humane Society is now saving money and proactively tending to their animals’ health.

To celebrate 30 years in the community, Banner Realty has decided not to seek notoriety, but to donate to those who often don’t get much acknowledgement, and aren’t looking for it.

“We wanted to continue to bless the community by doing things that are beneficial for the people within the community and in this case, its the non–profits. It’s the people that feed the hungry, and that have clothing for the people that don’t have clothing, and have houses for the people who don’t have homes,” says Margie Haaxma, owner of Banner Realty.

Most recently, the Huron Humane Society was on the receiving end of Banner’s generosity, being gifted with technology that will proactively monitor the health of cats and dogs at the shelter.

Shelter Manager, Stacy Newhouse, says,”We were put on a wish list from Margie and we were chosen like [for] a Christmas wish list. We listed what we would like to have help better the animals and we were chosen by Margie. We received the ultrasound machine.”

The new technology will allow veterinarians and other trained personnel at the shelter to determine if an incoming dog or cat is pregnant. This will cut down significantly on transportation and doctors fees.

Newhouse says,”We can check them before they go in to get spayed. Instead of taking them to the clinic to get spayed we can check them before they go so they don’t have to go be put under anesthesia and then we’re told later that they are pregnant.”

While there are currently no pregnant animals at Humane Society, Newhouse was able to give an example of just how simple it would be to conduct an ultrasound test, using a stuffed animal.

“We would have gel if this was a real patient and the ultrasound wave would bounce off the animal in their stomach to see if they are pregnant.”

Banner Realty says this just one way they plan to give back in 2020. After 30 monumental years and with faith for many more, Haaxma says it’s the least she could do.”

“It’s not about Banner Realty or the Banner Realty team. It’s about those people that give from their heart and their soul day after day through stress, through trials, whatever -and come out on top and help other people to come out on top. We’re blessed to be a blessing and that’s what we want to be here at Banner.”