Otis marks 400 days in a shelter


CLEAR WATER, Wis. (WEAU) – Some milestones aren’t really worth celebrating.

This weekend marks the 400th day spent in an animal shelter for Otis, a seven-year-old lab mix. Otis joined the Eau Claire County Humane Association in December after spending nearly all of 2021 in a shelter in Texas.

A favorite among ECCHA staff, the milestone marks a bittersweet moment for those working at the facility. ECCHA Director of Marking and Development Addie Erdmann couldn’t speak highly enough of Otis, noting his love of play and activity for a senior dog.

“He loves loves playing ball, he loves swimming, he loves car rides; he’s just a great awesome dude,” she said.

According to Erdmann, the ideal home for Otis would feature lots of playtime, a large yard to burn off his energy, and no other pets.

Alongside Otis is an “absolute maximum capacity” shelter for the dogs, according to Erdmann, who are also looking for forever homes.

To support the shelter beyond adoption, donations are still being accepted, with a rotating list of supplies needed on ECCHA’s Facebook page. The Association will also be hosting its 36th annual Fido and Friends 5K fundraiser which will take place on May 14, with proceeds going towards the running costs of the shelter.

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