Cando, North Dakota

Duck Hunting Capital of North Dakota





 p.o. box 426

Cando, ND 58324-0426

701 9683383 or 9683759


            The Uffda Fund is growing because of a group of generous people who care about animals. Poppy, the first cat to be adopted, is settling happily in her new Forever Home. She is no longer fending for herself, wandering hungry, and free to add to the stray cat population. Unfortunately there are many other homeless pets that need help. If you know of any cats or dogs that have been abandoned please contact the Cando City Police or call The Uffda Fund.

            A huge Thank you to all the following people for helping us help the animals:

                        Pam and Tim Doehler, Colleen and Tim Learned, Louise and Dan Plemel, Donna Eli at Waters Edge Dog Boarding, Lois Ladwig, Lisa and Larry Swenson, Kristin Syverson (Farbo), Brenda Campbell at Cando Insurance, Phyllis Rinas, John and Mary Connolly, John and Diane Eggl, Tom and Gloria O’Brien, Erich Rabe, Gloria and Gerald Maurseth, Verna and Izzy Vetter, Sharon and Jim Armey, Judy Gibbens, Janice and Bruce Ford.  

We are looking for people willing and able to foster a cat or dog while waiting for adoption. Fostering a needy pet can be a very rewarding experience. For more information on fostering please call 968-3383.

  There are approximately a dozen dogs abandoned each year in the Cando area. Many more than a dozen cats are homeless in and around Cando. Some of these animals find their way to a safe haven, a kind person providing food and shelter. Some are sick or injured and are brought in to the Gibbens Veterinary Service. Dr. Gibbens does her best to find adoption homes for the dogs, but cats are much harder to place. There are simply too many cats, many of which are feral, meaning that it is difficult to socialize these kitties. Any dog or cat that is adoptable is first vaccinated and sterilized before placement. In many cases this care is provided at no cost to the adopting family. The cost of spay and neuter surgeries for abandoned pets has been absorbed by the veterinary service.

            My husband and I recently took in abandoned kitten who was seeking shelter in an old trailer near our business. It was cold, starving and frightened, and would certainly have died if left out in this arctic weather. Milton is only one of so many who need care. When I took him to the clinic for a check up and neutering it occurred to me that perhaps something could be done to help these homeless animals.

            At the same time a donation was given to the clinic in memory of a dear old pet cat named Uffda. What better use for this donation than to start a fund for animals. Thus the UFFDA FUND FOR ANIMALS began.  It is a registered non profit corporation whose board of directors includes Sharon Armey, Gloria Maurseth, Verna Vetter, and Erich Rabe. The purpose of the fund is to help provide spay and neuter services as well as rabies vaccination for homeless and abandoned companion animals in Cando, and to facilitate adoption of these animals wherever possible.

            The City police will assist the fund by trapping and confining apparent homeless cats and dogs. To help identify animals that may be someone’s lost or outdoor pet, anyone who has lost a pet should notify Cando City Police and Gibbens Veterinary Service as soon as possible.  The Cando ND website, the Record Herald and the notice boards may be used to advertise the pets available for adoption.

            How can you help?

            The Uffda Fund directors plan to have “Spare Change for Animals” cans in local businesses as soon as possible.

            Another way to help is to become a member of the Uffda Fund. Annual membership is only $5.00 per individual and $10.00 for a family.

             Donations to the fund are a wonderful way to memorialize a beloved family pet. If you wish to make a donation, please mail your check to: The Uffda Fund for Animals

                           P.O. Box 426

                           Cando, ND 58324-0426

Submitted by Shiela Rabe

"Uffda the Cat"