Hu­mane So­ci­ety finds home for old­est res­i­dent

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

When the Drumheller and District Hu­mane So­ci­ety said good­bye to Trooper, a hard­knock cat with a bad eye and a worse life and who spent over 800 days at the shel­ter while liv­ing up to his name, the hu­mane so­ci­ety found both a home for its old­est res­i­dent and a de­mar­ca­tion of what a suc­cess the shel­ter has be­come.

Spring is a busy sea­son and there’s been a high num­ber of adop­tions re­cently, with the cat pop­u­la­tion at the shel­ter drop­ping to an un­usu­ally low of 19 late last week, but by Mon­day the count rose back up to 21.

The ef­fort is tire­less and un­end­ing, says Pres­i­dent Kelcy Travis, but one that’s as re­ward­ing as it is heart­warm­ing.

“It pulls on peo­ple’s heart­strings. We get a lot of an­i­mals sur­ren­dered for such a small town, and even take an­i­mals from other cities,” says Travis, who works two jobs on top of vol­un­teer­ing her time to the hu­mane so­ci­ety.

“This is a lot of work but I love it. There’s been heart­break­ing days but the good that comes out of it is worth it.”

The hu­mane so­ci­ety has had a whirl­wind of a spring so far, with its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last month see­ing the re­turn of past board mem­bers, a se­nior and spe­cial needs cat drive con­tin­u­ing this month which aims to find homes for older cats and ones with med­i­cal is­sues by waiv­ing adop­tion fees and of­fer­ing adop­tions by do­na­tion, a visit to the se­niors cen­tre on April 28, a bar­be­cue fundraiser planned for the May Day soft­ball tour­na­ment on April 30 and May 1, and an open house sched­uled for some­time in May. They are plan­ning a low cost spay and neuter clinic in the com­ing months for low in­come fam­i­lies.

“I couldn’t do it with­out some of the peo­ple we have. It’s the com­mu­nity and vol­un­teers which make us suc­cess­ful,” said Travis. “We have vol­un­teers from age three to ones in their eight­ies. We have lots of good peo­ple around us.”

Drumheller and District Hu­mane So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Kelcy Travis and fel­low shel­ter vol­un­teers are pre­par­ing for a busy spring, with a bar­be­cue fundraiser slated at the end of the month, an open house planned for May, and a low cost spay and neuter pro­gram in the works in com­ing months.

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