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Page A-28 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 .ery will .raiser continued from page A- 1 help socialize skittish dogs, are being sought. The organization has several op- tions for volunteering. Weekday volunteers do chores in the morning and then spend time working with the dogs. Vol- unteers walk or run the dogs on trails or spend some time playing fetch. Other opportunities include helping with fundraising, planning events, dis- tributing fliers or doing grounds main- tenance. Adopt-A-Pet also has a wish list on its website for needed supplies, such as dog food. Off the Walls Gallery in Shelton is holding an art show called "Reigning Cats and Dogs" through Oct. 28, with an artists' reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Proceeds will benefit Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter and Kitten Rescue, another Shelton-based rescue organization. For 35 years, volunteers at Adopt- A-Pet have cared for abandoned, ne- glected or homeless dogs. The organi- zation needs more volunteers to meet its growing needs. "It wasn't like this; it started in a back yard," Sedlacek said. The nonprofit has grown into a El' ,~, Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Adopt-A-Pet found new homes for 208 dogs last year. These two dogs are among several available for adoption. facility that can house more than 20 dogs. "We want to focus on what Adopt-A-Pet is now (and) what it can become," said Treasurer Joyce Watts. The organization is branching out from just taking in strays. A new partnership with WorkSource pays for Adopt-A-Pet volunteers to receive training at the shelter that can be placed on a r~sum~ and lead to increased self-confi- dence, Watts said. The shelter also has a spay and neuter program that low-income and elderly residents can take advantage of for their pets. It also provides dog food for pets whose owners are facing hard times. Sedlacek said the organization is seeing more people turn in their dogs to the shelter when they can no lon- ger care for them or when they have to move. They also see dogs that have be- havioral or medical problems that will require life-long care. "Unfortunately, people come in here thinking these dogs are ready- made," Watts said. The organization keeps strays for two weeks and makes efforts to find owners before adopting the dogs out to new homes. Adopt-A-Pet is a no-kill shelter and has two permanent residents -- Sam and Marty -- who will live the rest of their lives at the shelter. Adopt-A-Pet is located at 940 E. Jensen Road in Shelton, just off Brockdale Road. If you'd like to volunteer, donate, become a business sponsor or adopt a new best friend, visit adoptapet-wa.org, email thedoghouse309 l@hotmail.com or call 432-3091. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce is urging the city to adopt an ordinance banning dumpster diving. condnuedfrompage A-1 ago asked for "a specific and simple re- quest: adopt an ordinance to address the problem of dumpster diving." "Over the past year and a half, the (city's) poverty task force spent countless hours collecting data and formulating a thorough report," the letter states. "That report also included recommendations. Those recom- mendations included adopting a dump- ster diving ordinance, and specified that it was an action item that could be 'easily and quickly implemented with little or no cost.' It has been nearly nine months since the Task Force's recommendations were is- sued. We are disappointed that there has been no action taken on this issue." Representatives from the chamber took their case to the commission's meet- ing Monday. "The business community is frus- trated because people are rifling through their garbage," McCutcheon told the commissioners. Adopting such an ordinance would give Shelton police officers "one more tool to make the city walkable and safe," said Julie Nichols, chairwoman of the cham- ber's government affairs committee. Mayor Gary Cronce expressed sur- prise that the proposed ordinance was still an issue. "I thought we'd already approved this," he said. "I don't think we ever really talked about this," said Commissioner Mike O1- sen. For Shelton police officers, such an ordinance "will be way down on their pri- ority list, and youll be fining people who have nothing," he said. "I don't know what it will accomplish," Olsen added. "I know it's a nuisance." McCutcheon said the chamber doesn't want the ordinance enacted to fine viola- tors but as another tool for police officers to use "to keep people on the up and up." McCutcheon said Shelton police of- ricers have told her that when they en- counter dumpster divers, the scavengers say they know the practice is not illegal. The commission "needs to step up to the plato to respond ... We need to an- swer the question," Cronce said. The commission should seek a recommenda- tion from its police department, he said. Rev. Joe Mikel of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, an advocate for the homeless, said the ban "is a great idea, but I don't know how you enforce it." He suggests the city instead embrace an ambassador program used by other municipalities, where people on the street direct people toward services. S set to p contmued from pageA-1 The 22nd annual Kids Day will draw fourth-graders and their teach- ers to OysterFest on Saturday. On Oct. 3, the students will get a chance to learn about water quality, ecology and more. Adults ages 21 and up will be able to enjoy beers from 22 microbreweries -- from Mac & Jack's to Blue Moon -- from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Beer tick- ets will be $5 each; commemorative OysterFest glasses will be for sale for $6. Wine will also be available. If beer's not your preference, OysterFest attendees will also be able to taste wine from 19 wineries. Seventy-two wines -- all of them from Washington -- will be available for taste-testing. Entertainment will take to the stage at OysterFest too. Northwest bands will perform throughout the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. For a full list of OysterFest bands, pick up the Mason County Journal's official OysterFest guide at the Jour- nal office at 227 W. Cota St. or at the fairgrounds during the event. The annual Oyster- Fest Cookoff will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nine chefs will cook for one hour each day staggered at 30-minute inter- vals. A panel of judges will select winners. An art and photography exhibit will be available to peruse from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artwork of all kinds from local artists will be on display both days. And, of course, plenty of North- west food will be available at the food court. THIS WIHTER...PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT AND STORE YOUR TOYS WITH US! 23270 NE State Rt. 3 Belfair, WA 98528 www.BelfairSelfStorage.com CLEAN' SECURE' PROFESSIONAL' HEATED UNITS OF ALL SIZES' EASY DRIVE.UP ACCESS