Ashland Animal Shelter Launches New Fundraising Contest to Save Pets

ASHLAND, WI. (KBJR) – The Chequamegon Humane Association (CHA) in Ashland desperately needs community donations.

Many pets adopted at the height of the pandemic are now being returned to shelters across the United States

CHA is at its maximum capacity.

Employees said they were working around the clock to verify the complete construction of animals in need of loving homes.

Executive Director Kari Olinger said at the start of the pandemic, the shelter received a lot of support.

But since things started getting back to normal, they’ve seen a sharp drop in donations and an increase in abandoned pets, as people aren’t home as often as they were in 2020.

With 95% of the shelter’s funding coming from donations, they become desperate.

Olinger said she wanted to find a way to involve children in their fundraising efforts.

It is therefore launching a Lemon’Aid’ stand competition.

From now until August 12, children in Northland are encouraged to organize a lemonade stand in support of the shelter.

So far, five children have already programmed a booth.

The group that raises the most money will win a large basket filled with summer treats and a stay at the AmericInn in Ashland.

“We’re short-staffed here, and I’m being pulled in a lot of directions,” Olinger said. “And I think that just takes the pressure off of us to have those kinds of fundraisers. So we’ll see how it goes.

She asks anyone hosting a lemonade stand to let the ACH know, so they can share the time and locations on social media.

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