Grand opening held at the new accommodation center
MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – The Marshfield Area Animal Shelter (MAPS) celebrated a 10th anniversary / ribbon cutting / grand opening ceremony on Wednesday at its new facility at 3500 Downwind Drive.
MAPS was formed in September 2011 when concerned citizens realized the need for an animal shelter in Marshfield. Efforts began by raising awareness, participating in parades, hosting fries and attending community events.
Volunteers began housing homeless animals in their homes to save them, then began organizing fundraisers to pay other aid companies to take in Marshfield’s unclaimed pets.
MAPS’s first official fundraiser brought together over 800 people in 2012.
“This reinforced our belief that the community of Marshfield was eagerly awaiting its first humanitarian organization to serve homeless pets,” said Founder Karen Rau, who is now Executive Director.
With the help of the community, MAPS has continued to prosper and grow. MAPS ‘first physical location was established at Marshfield Mall in 2013 and the second was in a former airport terminal in 2015. MAPS housed animals in two separate locations for five years until they all moved. their animals in their new facility in August 2020.
The new shelter measures approximately 9,000 square feet and includes admission and medical rooms, accessible indoor and outdoor kennels, quarantine rooms, “catios” and a free-range area. named in honor of Brittany Zimmermann. The hall features donated tiles installed with the help of R&R Flooring.
Many community members and business partners attended the ceremony, including Festival Foods (which donates through its ‘Paws for Hunger’ program) and Pet Supplies Plus (opening October in Marshfield).
“As we open our new store here locally, we are thrilled to support MAPS,” said Kimberly Crawford, Store Team Leader, who was in attendance with Cecily Steinmetz, Salon Manager. “This is a great local organization and passionate about helping animals.”
For 10 years, MAPS has served the community of Marshfield by providing valuable services to animals and humans.
Anyone wishing to support the shelter is encouraged to take a special opportunity to help “finish the floors” for MAPS. Take part in this unique opportunity to leave a paw print in the new facility. Purchase a 12 “x 12” ceramic tile to complement the floors inside or a 4 “x 8” brick paver placed outside along the walkway in front of the catio.
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