Plum Creek Grant Helps Humane Society
Take The Bite Out of Barking
Jenny Krueger, Manager Traffic & Freight Services with Plum Creek Marketing, Inc. presents Lori Heatherington, Executive Director with the Humane Society of Northwest Montana with a $5,000 grant award for sound-proofing dog kennels.
COLUMBIA FALLS, MT – With three dog kennel areas, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana in Kalispell, home of the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center, can be a noisy place. Now a $5,000 grant from Plum Creek Foundation for soundproofing will help quiet things down.
“Although Humane Society visitors expect to hear barking dogs when visiting the adoption center, nothing prepares them for the volume of loud barking heard in the three dog kennel areas; the loud noise is nerve-racking and stressful for the dogs that live here,” says Executive Director, Lori Heatherington. “The board of directors and staff identified kennel noise as a major challenge to our growth and effectiveness because it discourages potential adoptive families from visiting very long, thereby reducing the possibility of bonding with a pet.”
The barking is also distracting and stressful for volunteers, staff and other animals in the adoption center. The solution is a $14,400 sound-proofing project, which should be completed by early 2013.
The no-kill animal adoption center is committed to reducing pet overpopulation and re-homing companion pets and serves the Greater Flathead Valley, including the communities of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Kila and Lakeside/Somers.
“The Humane Society is making a positive impact on the lives of orphaned cats and dogs and residents of our community,” Heatherington says. “Studies show that owning a cat or dog helps people live longer, reduces tension and enhances the quality of life for pet owners.”
In addition to its pet adoption program, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana also provides pet food and supplies to families in need; injured animal emergency funds for low-income families and pet education to local schools.
Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately 6.6 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. In Montana, Plum Creek practices sustainable forestry on all of its 899,000 acres throughout the western part of the state. For more information on Plum Creek in Montana, visit www.plumcreek.com/montana.