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Sukup family donates building to Humane Society of North Iowa

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MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa recently received a much needed donation to their shelter: a 500 square foot storage building. The metal storage building was made by Sukup Manufacturing Company of Sheffield, IA, and was donated by Steve and Vicki Sukup of Clear Lake. Steve Sukup is the Vice President of the family owned Sukup Manufacturing Company.

The Humane Society of North Iowa constructed a new 6400 square foot animal shelter in 2009. The organization focused the majority of their expenses on the kennel and animal areas. Due to budget and construction limitations, a very limited amount of storage space was created.

“Over the years, we’ve run out of storage space,” said Executive Director Sybil Soukup. “With lawn care and snow removal equipment taking up garage space, we don’t have very much room left for things like portable kennels, small animal cages, and all the other animal care related equipment we use.”

Steve and Vicki Sukup donated the necessary funding to the Humane Society of North Iowa that allowed them to purchase the new Sukup Manufacturing Company storage building.

“We are grateful to the Sukup family for their generous donation,” continued Soukup, “and also to their company for providing such a high quality storage building.”

The Humane Society of North Iowa is a non-profit organization that serves a 9 county area in North Iowa and operates a no-kill rescue animal shelter in Mason City. In the past 25 years, HSNI has found loving homes for over 8000 abandoned, displaced, and neglected animals.

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Maybe just maybe that the space taken up IN THE BLDG will then be used for more animals. The space used for storage will be in another bldg, makes sense to me. Besides who knows more than those that work there what they need? I’m a supporter of the Hum. Soc. and will continue to be. They do a fantastic job out there. They need more volunteers also.

Any pics of the storage shed??

500 square feet isn’t a huge amount of space. It is just a little bigger than my 2 stall garage and probably smaller than Hickey’s garage.

I’m sure the animals would appreciate even the smallest space instead of being turned away and feeling even more unwanted than they already do. When they turn away animals like they do they are NO BETTER than the irresponsible owners. I find it very odd that they post on their website trying to educate people about abandoning their pets when basically they do the same thing by turning them away. It just doesn’t make any sense to me at all!

@Anonymous-I am not commenting about housing animals. My comment was about the square footage.

You’re kidding right? Someone donates 500 square ft building and you’re going to use it as STORAGE? Why not use it for the animals that you turn away at the door because you say you have NO ROOM? I used to respect you guys but after closely watching how you operate I have changed my mind about a lot of things. Those animals you turn away need a home more than you need a storage!

You are so naive. You can easily add another $100,000 to that storage building donation to turn it into an animal holding facility. You need water, drains, plumbing, electricity, heat, air conditioning, insulation, sinks, sanitation systems, chemically impermeable walls and floors, fencing inside and out, and a zillion other items to comply with state law in order to house animals. Providing shelter for homeless animals is not easy or cheap. Go adopt a couple pets or donate some money!

Look here lady I do my share of rescue and that comes out of my own pocket with NO HELP so back off! However with all the donations, fundraising that you people receive you will never make me believe you couldn’t build extra space. As far as donations go just HOW MUCH of that money actually goes to the animals?

I am not associated with the HSNI or any rescue. I just know a lot about animal welfare laws. But I also know how much money it takes to keep an organization like that open. 40 years ago, the HS had a wonderful new facility on S Taft that went broke and closed. Wunderlich Woodworking is in that building now. It takes a huge influx of funds all at once to build a housing unit, not a steady flow. I would bet the HSNI operates on a shoestring budget.

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