DTN Home Care Sponsors Table for Bene-Pet Dinner
Charlene Seifert, RN, DTN Home Care colleague and friend, serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Dakota Humane Society and as Co-Chair of their Building Committee. They just completed their annual Bene-Pet Fund Raising auction and dinner. There were a record number of attendees at the event, which this year was held at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck and included dinner and silent and live auctions. A good time was had by all!
Charlene and her co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee received the CDHS President’s Award for their work coordinating new building efforts with architects, engineers, etc. Charlene, Stacy, Judy and Beverly, along with their spouses, attended the event, for which DTN Home Care sponsored a table. Beverly commented that “Charlene is a dear friend whose compassion for people and pets is inspiring. We are honored to have her on our team!”
The very heart of what Central Dakota Humane Society is about is to save animals’ lives, provide education to the community, and match wonderful animals with people who lovingly provide forever homes. Visitors who come to CDHS are impressed by their accessibility and their welcoming, upbeat and kid-friendly environment. Their doors are open, the cages are clean, and the animals have toys and blankets. In fact, it is such an uplifting environment that families stop by for weekend outings, to visit and play with the animals.
Charlene explains, “In 2012 alone, more than 240 pets took refuge at our facility until they were adopted. At any given time, CDHS provides loving care for up to 45 dogs and 70 cats. In many cases, we improve an animal’s quality of life immediately by providing a stable environment and necessary medical care. We require that every animal is spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter.
”We increase the probability of adoption through socialization with people and other animals, and improving the ‘resident’s’ manners through obedience training. We firmly believe that every pet has a human match and strive to make those connections. During our adoption process, we do our best to ensure that new families understand the personalities of the animals they are adopting and that the animals fit with the people and other pets in the home. Our goal is to have adopted pets find their forever home and never again be unwanted or abandoned. Animals can’t speak for themselves. But if they could, they’d speak of kindness, compassion and saved lives. They’d speak of second chances and of finding love with forever families. They’d speak of happy endings and a ‘PAWSitive’ new beginning.
“My vision is to see a time where we no longer have the need for shelter for abused and abandoned pets. Until that time comes, my vision is to help provide an efficient, clean, safe and comfortable shelter for those animals until they find their forever homes. We can accomplish this goal with the help of the community. We urge everyone who can to open their hearts and donate what they are able to this worthy cause. You can donate online at CDHS.net, or you can send a check to: Central Dakota Humane Society, 2104 37th St., Mandan, ND. You can also donate in person at the shelter with cash or credit card. Please consider making your gift today.”
Derby, the handsome dog above, was adopted from CDHS 8 years ago by Charlene and her husband Mark.
By Charlene Seifert, RN, and Marti Lythgoe, DTN Home Care Writer & Editor