Friends of Animals Now Open, Seeking Donations in New Location

Donations Highly Encouraged at Friends of Animals as Humane Society Starts Fresh in New Location

CLOQUET, Minn. – After being closed for nearly one month, staff and volunteers at Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet are opening up the doors to a new location.

While the excitement is high, funding is still needed to reach the final goal.

Right now, there’s a kingdom of condos being built; condos housing herds of cute kittens.

“We need things like garbage cans in different places because we have that much more space,” said Kimberly Parmeter, Executive Director, Friends of
Animals.

Parmeter says the project has been a labor of love for board members, volunteers and staff in the community.

Over twenty years in the making, moving from their old location off Highway 33.

“I think that the community will be very proud of the shelter that we have provided for them,” said Parmeter.

A space, now more spacious. Over 12,000 square feet now accommodate the shelter’s furry friends, double that of the old location.

“There are viewing rooms for the dogs now, the doggy dorms and the cat rooms. We also built a surgery suite so we hope to be able to do a lot of our animal surgeries right here, on premises,” said Parmeter.

“It was a very active job which I really liked,” said Jim Nelson, Volunteer at Friends of Animals.

For Nelson, retirement from the City of Cloquet Maintenance Department didn’t stop him from slowing down.

“I have type two diabetes, and I needed to stay active,” said Nelson.

Going on ten years of volunteering and elbow grease, Nelson enjoys spending five days a week walking with his friends.

“Anything I can do around here. Maybe there’s a fixit job or something, you never know,” said Nelson. “I’m their Uncle Jim! This has changed my life, it really has.”

Right now, the shelter is in need of more people like Uncle Jim along with monetary donations.

“We really need the community’s support right now, to come in and visit us, to adopt an animal, to make a donation while they’re here and just share this beautiful building with us,” said Parmeter.

Friendly staff, volunteers and barks, welcoming a new start to animal care in Carlton County.

“There could be that one donor out there that could just surprise us with a wonderful gift or it could be several donors that come together to help us wrap this project up,” said Parmeter.

“I always tell everybody, this is the best job I’ve ever had,” said Nelson.

The new building has a price tag of $750,000 dollars, with $650,000 dollars already being paid for by donations, fundraising and sale of the old building.

Friends of Animals is looking to raise another $100,000 to cover the remaining balance.

FOA is now open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here for more information or to get involved with Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet.

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