Friday is a big day for the Cache Humane Society. The nonprofit organization is celebrating its 35th birthday with a party that starts at 6 p.m. at Willow Park’s Rotary Pavilion. Society president Darla Clark says until three years ago the Humane Society operated as a foster and rescue program but full services are now provided at the Cache Valley Animal Shelter. Shelter Executive Director Michael Bishop says the society’s annual meeting will be held at 5 p.m. just before the birthday party where he will talk about the progress made since the shelter opened its doors. Bishop says the shelter has as a goal eliminating pain, fear, suffering and homelessness for companion animals. “Though we may not be seeing a decrease in the numbers of animals entering the shelter at this point, I’m encouraged at some point once people are aware of what we offer and aware of our existence,” Bishop said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday. “As we start to change the culture of this valley so that individuals start taking more responsibility for their animals we’ll see a decrease in the number of animals that enter the facility.” He says approximately 2000 low cost spay and neuter surgeries have been performed since the shelter opened its doors. Bishop says fundng is ongoing and plans are already made for a new dog park. “We acquired 10 acres from the City of Logan right behind the shelter to form a legitimate park in this region so that people can take their animals to that park and socialize them,” Bishop continued. “We plan on having an agility course. “It’s an emergency operation holding area so I’m also pleased with the development of our emergency operations plan. This community has never had an ermegency operations plan that dealt with animals.” Friday’s birthday party starts at 6 p.m. and Hamilton’s Restaurant is catering a dinner that costs $15 for adults and $7 for children. Deceptionist Richard Hatch of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music will perform following the annual meeting.
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