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Humane society protest inspires increased volunteerism

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It was supposed to be a big protest with dozens of people outside an Eastern Iowa animal shelter - protesting the shelter killing some of its animals. Turns out that protest was something of a bust.

KWWL received word Friday a group of picketers would be outside the Cedar Bend Humane Society Saturday afternoon. Only two people showed up -- and one chose to stay in his car for the majority of the afternoon. They say they're part of a national protest against shelters which euthanize animals.

Although the picket line fizzled out, the buildup actually worked in the humane society's favor. The directors said Saturdays are usually the busiest time for adoptions. But this weekend, they had a surprising number of people call or stop by to see how they could help the animals.

"We really just went on a quest to inform the community of what we do, how we do things here. And we've actually received a lot of support from the community. We're really proud of the response we've received from them," Co-Director Kristy Gardner said.

One man even tried to counter the protest by donating several bags of cat food, litter, and apples for the smaller animals.

"It's better to go out and do something than stand in line with a picket sign and say 'whoa is me'," said Andrew Wright.

Gardner said she's never seen a group picket outside the shelter before. She added, anyone with questions about the Humane Society's operations should call them at 319-232-6887.

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