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Alpena County Animal Facility hosts dinner fundraiser ahead of building opening next spring

ALPENA, Mich — The Alpena County Animal Facility had it’s first fundraiser dinner and auction last week to keep animals in the area safe.

The organization’s mission is to prevent overpopulation by providing spay and neutering programs as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership. Secretary and treasurer of the facility, Leanne Bloom, says gifts from pet lovers are the helping furry friends get placed into safe and loving homes.

“This is a very important fundraiser for us. We have our new building, and we’ve started building renovations. So our goal is to be open late spring. As soon as we can get that building open, we can start taking in more homeless and abandoned animals in Alpena and the area.”

The night consisted of a buffet style dinner, an auction and a raffle. A 2020 jeep compass was even at stake for a lucky raffle winner. Bloom says the impact of community donations is already being seen.

“Already to date, without even having our building open, just through our foster network, we’ve already placed over 170 animals.”

Thanks to the fundraiser and the help of numerous contributors, over $30,000 will go toward constructing the organization’s new building, and keeping local animals safe.