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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Quarantine life may be rough, but you can make it better with a little more “ruff!” October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, meaning you can help change the life of a furry friend and make yours better along the way. Think about it—they’re cuddly, cute... and they aren’t called “man’s best friend” for no reason. While you’re spending more time at home these days, check out these five ways to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. 

 

1. Adopt or Foster a Dog

The most obvious way to partake in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is to actually adopt. Get out there and visit your local shelter to talk about your best adoption options. While adopting a dog or pet is a big commitment, it can be equally as fulfilling. While this is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, you can equally do your part by adopting any type of shelter animal. 

If you aren’t ready to fully adopt a pet, ask your local shelter about fostering programs. Fostering pets can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Many pets that need foster homes may be too young to be adopted, need extra care and attention or don’t have a place because the shelter is too full. This helps socialize the dog or pet, all while giving them love. Plus, you’ll get some great cuddle time and experience.
 

2. Volunteer at a Shelter

If you don’t have the capacity to adopt or care for a pet this month, there are still plenty of options to partake in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Find your nearest shelter and ask about volunteer options. There are all types of volunteer positions at every stage of the adoption process, so ask for information and find your best fit.

If you’re looking to get more people involved, organize a group volunteer day with your friends or coworkers. Call your local shelter to find out if they have group opportunities available and the types of tasks the shelter needs completed. Think about it—what could be better than a day with your human friends helping your furry friends?

 

3. Donate

Shelters have the responsibility of providing a safe home for as many animals as possible before they find their forever homes. To help offset some of the costs associated with homing a pet, consider donating. If you would rather donate items instead of cash, find out if your local shelter has a wishlist. From food to bowls to leashes, think about providing some of the things your shelter needs most. 

 

4. Spread the News

Even if you can’t adopt, you can still do your part by spreading the news. Now that you know about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, make sure your friends and family know about it too. Consider posting on your social media accounts, calling up a friend or taking somebody with you to volunteer. Even if you aren’t quite ready to adopt a pet this month, you may know somebody who is ready and willing to take home their new best friend.


 

5. Spay or Neuter Your Pet

If you already have a dog or other furry friend, don’t forget about the importance of spaying or neutering your pet. Spaying or neutering is important to help prevent more animals from ending up in shelters and needing homes. Studies have shown that spaying or neutering can help lead to a longer, healthier life for your pet by preventing health issues. Spaying and neutering has even been linked to fewer behavioral problems with pets. 

 

Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. After all, there are so many pets out there needing love, attention and a forever home. You have the power to get out there and make an impact.

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