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Humane society leaders to shave heads if they get enough money for shelter


JEFFERSON (WKOW) -- Leaders at the Humane Society of Jefferson County have made a big commitment to bringing a new facility to the animals in need in the community.

The shelter is one of the oldest animal shelters in Wisconsin, but has never been renovated. Officials have been working on designing a new facility to replace the outdated, crowded one.

Now, organizers have come up with a plan to raise money fast. Executive director Lisa Patefield and board member Leigh Meier are challenging the community. The two will shave their heads, if they can raise $2.2 million of the $3 million goal by the end of January.

Lisa and Leigh say it's a small price to pay to bring a new shelter to Jefferson County.

"You know, a humane society is not just about the animals, it's about the community that they represent, and the community that basically supports them," says Patefield.

The plans for the new space help get the whole community involved.

"We'll be able to do a summer day camp, similar to what Dane County does, and kids can come in and have birthday parties in our community education room," says Meier.
Right now, the humane society has raised $1.5 million. If the organization meets its fundraising goals, crews will break ground in spring. The new facility will be about a mile from the current location in Jefferson.
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