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Bloomington Animal Shelter Needs Pet Toys, Treats and Food Donations For Annual Pet Drive

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The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter announced the beginning of its annual pet supply drive, which will run through the holiday season.

The shelter is seeking donations of canned dog and cat food, toys, bedding, and other supplies to make the animal’s stay at the shelter more comfortable while they wait to be adopted.

Laurie Ringquist is the director of animal care and control for the city of Bloomington. She says some donations are more useful to the shelter than others, like canned dog and cat food, which is used to help kittens and puppies grow and sick animals taking medicine.

“Any types of toys and treats we don’t really have a budget for, so those would be great,” Ringquist says, “Even simple things around the house that people might be replacing like sheets and pillowcases, those are always really helpful. It helps keep the animals comfortable.”

Donations will also supplement the animal shelter’s pet food pantry program.

To participate in the program, pet owners are required to spay and neuter their pets.

Ringquist explained how the pantry helps to keep animals out of the shelter.

“There are people in our community that are wonderful pet owners but maybe fallen on hard times and can’t afford to buy pet food,” Ringquist said, “We have a pet food bank program supported completely by donations. It helps us out because those who sign up agree to have their pets vaccinated and neutered and we don’t need to take in their pets from them.”

Donation boxes decorated by students from local schools are set up in fourteen area locations.

Donations can also be brought directly to the shelter, located on South Walnut Street.

The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter has held the annual holiday pet supply drive for over ten years.

For more information on how to contribute, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/animalshelter

 

 

Photo: Casey Kuhn

“Jobs For Hoosiers” Bill Requires Unemployed To Meet With WorkOne Counselors After Fourth Week Of Benefits

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Hoosiers getting unemployment insurance will face new requirements thanks in part to the “Jobs For Hoosiers” bill recently signed into effect by Governor Mike Pence.

This bill affects those who have recently filed for unemployment benefits.

In their fourth week of unemployment, the bill requires them to go to a local WorkOne center for a review of their work search record and an orientation to WorkOne services.

We spoke to the Department of Workforce Development spokesperson Joe Frank about what kind of free services WorkOne offers and how they will benefit unemployed Hoosiers.

“We offer tons of free services like resume assistance, interview coaching, and career counselors,” Frank says, “We even have computer classes that can increase your skill level in Microsoft Word and Office so you’re ready to be employed as quickly as possible.”

Frank says these benefits aren’t just for the unemployed.

The DWD actually works with Indiana businesses to find out what kind of employee they are looking to hire.

This helps them match up anyone looking for a job to a business that fits their skills.

This isn’t only offered to the unemployed and anyone looking to find a better job in their career field can utilize these programs as well.

Frank explains how a national effort to lower unemployment spurred this local act.

“When the federal government re-authorized benefits after the 26th week of unemployment last year, they mandated that folks come into the WorkOne centers to take a look at their work search,” Frank says, “We really found out that it was such a benefit to people. We heard a lot people say they didn’t know all the free services we offered and wish they had known sooner. This is really aimed at getting Hoosiers back to work as soon as possible.”

Those who qualify for these changes can go to www.in.gov/dwd and see what program best fits them.

 

By Casey Kuhn

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