Kenneth Madsen describes his wife of almost 51 years as “very loving, very warm and she loves animals.”

Cathy Madsen is the founder of the Friends of the Animal Shelter, a group she started about 20 years ago when a report about the euthanasia rate in St. Joseph’s animal shelter pushed her to action.

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