The Animal Welfare Society in Ottawa County does is often credited for doing much with little.

The group is hoping to build its funding base as well as its volunteer pool as it launches a new membership campaign.

Currently the society has approximately 60 members.

“Many people are members because they want to show their support for the society and area animals,” Eslick said. “Approximately 10 are foster parents and volunteer when needed.”

Membership dues are $10 a year for adults and $5 a year for students.

Members can join on Thursdays at adoption day or by mailing dues with name, address and phone to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 975, Miami, OK 74355.

People can also join at the society's next meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Charlie's Chicken.

The vice president is Jana Thompson, the secretary is Kari Allen and the treasurer is Carol Pendergraft.

During the last year, the society has spent less than $18,000 - $7,630 for spaying and neutering, $6,830 for other medical needs including shots and $3,465 for supplies such as cages, runs, pens and collars.

“The $18,000 doesn't include the thousands of dollars donated to the Animal Welfare Society in the form of cat and dog food and kitty litter,” Eslick said.

During the first 11 months of 2007 - 567 dogs and 187 cats were adopted in Miami.

“Some people might not think that's a lot of adoptions, but when you look at the numbers the society has had in past years, this is amazing,” said Jean Eslick, president of the society.

Adoptions in 2004 totaled 71; in 2005 they totaled 314 and in 2006 they totaled 674.

In the past, dogs or cats were kept at the shelter for three days. If not adopted, they were euthanized.

Now, the animals are kept for five business days.

“But, animals that appear to be highly adoptable, are kept for three weeks in foster care,” Eslick said. “We receive many dogs with their papers that are highly adoptable … It also depends on how much space we have available. If we have the space, we will often keep them longer.”

Adoptions opportunities open from1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the animal shelter at 701 D NE. Animals are also offered for adoption from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at 2005 E. Rockdale Road in Miami.

Many people come to the adoption days with specific dogs or cats in mind.

“But most people come in looking for a companion,” Eslick said.

Although most of the animals handled by the society are dogs and cats, the society has also handled a ferret, ducks, rabbits and an iguana.