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Published June 11, 2012, 05:59 PM

Lake Region Volunteers Aiming to Provide Homes to Unwanted Animals

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - On Monday animal lovers were celebrating "Just One Day," part of a movement to make all animal shelters no-kill shelters and save more than 10,000 animals that lose their lives every day.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - On Monday animal lovers were celebrating "Just One Day," part of a movement to make all animal shelters no-kill shelters and save more than 10,000 animals that lose their lives every day.

Animal lovers throughout the Lake Region are working to help stray and unwanted animals find a loving family instead of facing a much worse fate.

There aren't any animal shelters in the Lake Region, so an animal's best bet is to find a new home.

Shiela Rabe helped found the Uffda Fund for Animals in Cando four years ago.

"We are basically a spay, neuter, re-home and vaccination program. We do not have a shelter. I wish we did, but we don't," Rabe said.

After seeing numerous pets simply abandoned, she wanted to get involved. Her goal is to keep animals in loving homes.

"We will attempt to persuade them to keep the animal until such time that we can find a home for it and in the meantime if the animal needs to be spayed or neutered or vaccinated, certainly, we'll pay for that," Rabe said.

Pet adoption programs have spread to Devils Lake.

"Started in March. We decided to do a pet adoption once a month, and so far it's turned out very well," Katrina McLaughlin with Tractor Supply Company said.

The program at Tractor Supply Company has paired 23 animals with new owners in three months. Uffda found homes for 50 animals in the last year.

"I think it's a responsibility we all have as human beings to look after those that aren't able to look after themselves," Rabe said.

Animals lovers take that responsibility seriously because animals don't have many other choices.

"The pets that are picked up by the pet officer, they are only allowed three days, and then they are put down," McLaughlin said.

"We are all volunteers and take no reward for what we do except for the gratefulness of the animals," Rabe said.

The Uffda Fund in Cando is hosting a Schwan's fundraiser June 23 where a portion of the proceeds goes to the fund and Tractor Supply Company is accepting gift cards for their adoption program.

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