Drumheller Hu­mane So­ci­ety seeks town fund­ing in 2019

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The hu­mane so­ci­ety is in need of do­na­tions and more vol­un­teers as mem­bers of the board asked town coun­cil for as­sis­tance at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil heard ear­lier this month the hu­mane so­ci­ety, which houses fe­lines and ar­ranges for fos­ter homes for dogs in the com­mu­nity, spends twice as much in op­er­at­ing costs as it gets in do­na­tions. They re­quested as­sis­tance from the town in next year’s bud­get to help cover the ser­vices it pro­vides to the com­mu­nity.

Board pres­i­dent Me­gan Shearer says she hopes to see some fund­ing from the town as the hu­mane so­ci­ety is the only non­profit shel­ter in town which will take an­i­mals in.

“Most towns are giv­ing to their hu­mane so­ci­eties. We’re hop­ing some­thing comes through in 2019 – there’s no other op­tion for a shel­ter in town.”

“It’s a con­stant bat­tle,” says shel­ter man­ager De­bra Busse. “This is where we’re at. We need help, we’re reach­ing out. We se­ri­ously de­pend on the com­mu­nity for our food and lit­ter.”

Last month, the shel­ter was over­pop­u­lated with new kit­tens and the so­ci­ety posted on so­cial me­dia they were run­ning very low on cat lit­ter and the com­mu­nity stepped up, with the shel­ter stocked through Novem­ber now.

“The amount of lit­ter that came in was amaz­ing, I just don’t want that to stop,” says Busse.

But the hu­mane so­ci­ety de­pends on more than just lit­ter and food do­na­tions to run suc­cess­fully. The so­ci­ety is in con­stant need of vol­un­teers who bring dif­fer­ent ex­per­tise to the ta­ble, as well as vol­un­teers to work at cater­ing events or other odd-jobs of­fered to the so­ci­ety to help raise money to cover ris­ing ex­penses and con­tin­ual vet bills.

“We use money like it’s wa­ter,” says Shearer. “We use it faster than it comes in. We’re try­ing to be pre­cau­tion­ary now be­cause we want to en­sure we’ll be open for the next 10 years.”

She says the so­ci­ety reg­u­larly gets food and lit­ter do­na­tions, but also needs things like clean­ing sup­plies, pa­per tow­els, and other prod­ucts which add to op­er­at­ing ex­penses.

Prospec­tive vol­un­teers and peo­ple wish­ing to make do­na­tions can visit the shel­ter dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours to find out how they can help or where they could best fit into the so­ci­ety.

The hu­mane so­ci­ety will be host­ing their Santa Paws event at Drumheller Chrysler in De­cem­ber where pet own­ers can get their cat or dogs’ pic­ture taken with Saint Nick. The an­nual Spaghetti Lun­cheon fundraiser will be held again in Fe­bru­ary.

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Brit­tnee Chap­pell and Eric Les­tar are two of many vol­un­teers at the Drumheller and District Hu­mane So­ci­ety.

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