- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

CARSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) - An animal welfare organization in Michigan is using a miniature golf course at the site of its planned $4 million new home to raise money for its efforts.

The Sanilac County Humane Society plans to move out of a cramped building in Carsonville to a facility it will build south of Lexington. Part of the property will stay the Putt’in for Paws course, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported (https://bwne.ws/1U8QuGi ).

The group in 2015 acquired land with the miniature golf course and a driving range. Coffee and doughnuts also are sold. Carol Schmdt, the group’s president and director Carol Schmdt, said the no-kill shelter currently can house about 50 animals and there’s always a waiting list.

“We mostly do dogs and cats,” she said. “Periodically, we will get little rats or guinea pigs. We can house 50 (animals). That’s our total.”

In addition to the miniature golf course, a planned boarding kennel and a grooming facility also will help bring in revenue, Schmdt said. Plans for the site also call for a doggy daycare that’s open to the public, as well as a coin-operated dog wash.

A capital campaign for the project officially kicks off next month. The first fundraising event is scheduled June 4 and is called the Putt’in for Paws Festival, which will include a dog fashion show, bounce houses, live entertainment and a dog agility demonstration.

Many of the animals at the shelter come from Sanilac County Animal Control and from Tuscola County Animal Control, which Sanilac County manages.

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Online:

https://www.societypets.org

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Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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