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      Dogs & cats benefot from the PAW Shelter

      The Paw Animal Shelter in Fort Madison Iowa has seen their vet bill go up in the first four months of the year thanks to some unexpected expenses they incurred in treating some animals that were brought to the shelter suffering from serious injuries or illness.

      One of the dogs had been hit by a truck and another dog had been hit by a train. Eight puppies were brought to the shelter suffering from parvo.

      But because the shelter has a no kill policy, every effort was made to save the dogs and PAW Executive Director Sandy Brown said every one of the dogs made it through their sickness or injury.

      But it's those types of cases that has put a strain on the shelter's budget.

      "We had somebody come in and read about Daz, our big blue pit, who was hit by a truck and they came in and heard about his plight and they gave us a donation. People will donate to a certain cause," said Brown.

      But there is some good news to report from the shelter as well.

      Brown said that so far this year, they've been able to adopt 104 animals to families since the first of the year. That's quite a jump from last year, when for the entire year only 155 animals were adopted.

      Right now, there are 40 dogs, 30 puppies and 65 cats that are waiting to be adopted.

      It costs $100 to adopt a pet and that includes the spay/neuter, heart worm test, rabies and booster shots.

      Brown said some places could charge up to $250 to have the same thing done at a private clinic.

      Besides the seemingly good news, there is some sad news as well.

      "Sadly, last week a gentleman, a truck came in and gave us $40 in our donation bone and somebody came in afterwards and stole it," said Brown.

      Brown said it takes about $150,000 a year to keep the shelter up and running and she credits the staff for being able to get as many of the animals adopted.

      You can find the shelter on Facebook at PAW Fort Madison Animal Shelter.

      From there you can see what animals are up for adoption and make a donation to the facility.