The Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International welcomed guest speakers Lexi Linten and Sherri Luett of the Raccoon River Pet Rescue in Perry at their April 10 meeting.
Linten manages the animal rescue facility, and Luett sits on the board of directors. They recounted the founding of the site, led by Joyce Van Kirk, and construction of the present building, which currently houses about 50 animals.
Pets surrendered in Perry or picked up in the surrounding country side are brought to the facility where they are micro chipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots, and then put up for adoption.
Linten said possible adopters are screened carefully.
“We want the pet to be in a good safe environment,” she said. “The better the screening, the more likely they are to have a successful home placement.”
The Raccoon River Pet Rescue has placed more than 270 animals since opening in May 2020.
Luett and Linten both stressed that potential volunteers and the public are always welcome to visit the rescue from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Linten assured the chapter that anyone coming in will receive lots of positive attention from the pets there — especially the cats.
Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter members donated supplies as well as money to the shelter at the meeting.
The chapter also donated $500 to Hameeda Tayyiebur, World Fellowship student at Cornell College, to help offset her tuition. The donation was made in lieu of the chapter’s annual scholarship because there were no local applicants this year.