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Workers stay at Wood County animal shelter during storm

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A couple of Wood County Humane Society employees showed their true dedication to their jobs during the storm by spending a few nights at the shelter. They say a lot of the animals are pretty lively at night, which was entertaining. Of course the dogs and cats need care around the clock, no matter what the weather. Even though it was roughing it a bit, the workers say they wouldn't have it any other way. After the animals were taken care of, it turned into a slumber party of sorts for the workers, complete with movies and manicures!

While the winds were howling outside, there was plenty of howling and meowing inside the shelter too. Cassie Williams is one of two employees who bunked at the shelter during the storm, "We have a room full of kittens and they don't sleep...ever. They were non-stop all night long and we could hear them playing. The dogs are not used to us being here so they had no idea what was going on, but they seemed to love our company." Williams says what started out as a plan to just spend Sunday night quickly changed, "At first we figured it would just be an overnight stay, no big deal. Then it turned into a blizzard, so we ended up staying from Sunday morning to Wednesday afternoon."

They got creative when it came to the sleeping arrangements, "We stayed in the office and we used dog beds and we have a lot of blankets in the back so we made make-shift beds. It wasn't as comfy as my bed at home but we made it work."Cassie says its just part of her job and they all go above and beyond at the shelter because they love the animals,"They count on us for everything, to feed them, clean their cages, let them outside, give them medicine. We also have special needs animals. They all count on us to live, so we need to be there for them."

Shelter Manager Erin McKibben came in to check on things on a snowmobile and she's proud of what she found. "We've been working hard over the past few years to build a strong team work philosophy here and times like the beginning of this week show that it's beginning to pay off. They are dedicated to their jobs and its great that we have people involved with our organization like that." In addition to the two workers who slept at the shelter the cruelty investigator was on the road every day too checking up on reports of animals left out in the storm.

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