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To help with operational expenses in caring for cats and dogs, Van Buren Animal Shelter officials are holding a chili supper fundraiser Saturday, March 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Burritt College building in Spencer.

Unless someone in the house has allergies, there’s a good chance one of the residents is a furry family member.  Whether you are a dog home or a cat home, 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association.

As society becomes increasingly more technical, one of life’s treasures remains simple -- the unconditional love of a pet. For many animal lovers, the four-legged friends become more than just pets. They become more like family members. As such, they share many aspects of their owners’ lives. 

Similar to many rural counties throughout the state, Van Buren County is experiencing an increasing number of animals that are in search of a forever home. Animals become separated, abandoned, or dumped and end up wandering in search of food and shelter. 

The growing pet population is perpetuated by the choice to refrain from preventing propagation. The solution of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies is simple. Take the time and responsibility of getting your pet spayed or neutered.  

In recent months, a group of Van Buren County animal lovers has identified the need to provide care for the vagabond animals in our county. They have taken on the responsibility to house, feed, and provide medical resources for abandoned dogs and cats.

Forming the Van Buren Animal Shelter, this group has already begun to connect disregarded pets with their new forever homes. The group’s mission is one of passion, purpose and awareness for people to show compassionate toward the four-legged members of our county.  

The cost to carry out the mission is mounting as more animals are housed and provided care. Recent flooding and storms destroyed equipment that will need to be replaced. The group has rallied the community to support these pooches and kitties.

There will be a chili fundraiser Saturday, March 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Burritt College building in Spencer.  

If you want to be a part of the chili challenge with your own special recipe, would like to donate an auction item, or would like to learn more about the Van Buren Animal Shelter, visit its Facebook page or email vanburenanimalshelter@yahoo.com.