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Small animal projects in need of community support

Lily Larson is shown holding a small animal cage at the Union County Fair. Selena Sampson, superintendent of the small animal committee is hoping to raise funds to purchase cages, so they don't have to be borrowed from Adams County.
Lily Larson is shown holding a small animal cage at the Union County Fair. Selena Sampson, superintendent of the small animal committee is hoping to raise funds to purchase cages, so they don't have to be borrowed from Adams County.

After the Union County Fairgrounds underwent a major renovation in 2018, one original barn remains – the small animal barn.

Selena Sampson, superintendent of the Small Animal Committee, and Michaela O’Grady, youth and outreach coordinator at the Union County Extension and Outreach center are hoping a new facility is on horizon. In the meantime, the small animal committee members are reaching out to the community for support to grow their programs.

“The improvements we’d like to see made are short-term for us,” said Sampson. “One in particular is the broiler project.”

In past years, Union County’s small animal committee has borrowed cages from Adams County Extension and Outreach, but to clear, sanitize, pack and transport the 25 borrowed cages is difficult for volunteers in such a short amount of time.

Sampson said the small animal projects, including the broiler project, are unique and inclusive.

“The perk of that project is that anyone could do it. A lot of the town kids were able to do it because it is short-term and they are small animals,” she said.

Sampson said the cost estimate to purchase cages for Union County would be $2,000, not including tax and shipping. Each cage runs approximately $80 per cage, and the group hopes to raise enough money for waterers, as well. The cages would allow for the program to grow.

“We’d like to be like the swine barn, where kids just have to bring their food to the fair,” said Sampson.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Union County Extension and Outreach office on behalf of the small animal committee by mail or in person at 500 E. Taylor St. For more information, call 641-782-8426.

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