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Field Trip: Fox Valley Humane Association

Appleton, Wisconsin

Appleton, Wisconsin

Weston Imaging, LLC/Phil Weston
The organization: Fox Valley Humane Association (FVHA)

Year established: 1929

Annual operating budget: $681,00

Resources: 32 staff members, 500 volunteers

Population served: 375,000

Area served: 35 municipalities (covering about 93 square miles)

Animals served per year: About 5,000

Website: foxvalleypets.org

No longer the dog pound: When Deb Lewis started as executive director of FVHA more than 21 years ago, the organization had a staff of four. Now it has eight times that number. In October 2005, FVHA moved from its old 3,500 square foot facility into a new $3.2 million, 21,000-square-foot building. Partnerships with 60 veterinarians at 16 clinics allow the organization to spay and neuter all its animals, stay up to date with vaccination protocols, and provide surgical care. As the only holding facility for cruelty-case animals in the area, FVHA also partners with law enforcement agencies. "We are no longer the small dog pound behind the production mill—we are an important aspect of our community," says Lewis. "It's amazing to be here now and to think back at how far we have come."

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