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Thumb Animal Shelter’s Memorial Dog Walk Highlights the Need for Forever Homes

The Thumb Animal Shelter welcomed guests and their furry friends to the Elkton Fall Festival for a walk through the village to honor the memory of Ron Forster.

His wife Deen Forster and daughter Missy Rooney carry on his legacy by continuing the tradition of finding forever homes for dogs in Huron County. Ron and Deen, experienced in running a kennel, breeding, showing and training, founded the animal sanctuary in 1996.

“It’s not just about a legacy, but about helping people find mates without spending a lot of money,” Rooney said. “We don’t just ask anyone to adopt any dog; (we) also make sure to find the right person so that the dogs don’t come back and the owners don’t go without a companion.”

There were about 60 dogs and their owners roaming Elkton, with the two-mile course beginning and ending at the village park lodge. Scheurer Health representatives were on hand, handing out Frisbees and doggie bags to guests, and a raffle was held for pet-focused prizes.

“The numbers were down this year, but the weather is nice despite the heat,” Deen said. “We had about 125 dogs last year.”

The Thumb Animal Shelter has organized the walk for several years, and it was renamed for Ron Foster in 2012 after his passing. Both Deen and Rooney said they are happy to continue the tradition with their entire family involved in helping Huron County residents add a furry companion to their family.

The Thumb Animal Shelter is located at 2260 S. Elkton Road in Elkton. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. If you are interested in adopting a dog, drop by the shelter or print out an adoption form available on the shelter’s website.

The shelter is always in need of donations such as food, toys or supplies to clean and house the dogs. For more information, call 989-375-4204.