Alberta Newspaper Group
Though it has only been operating since May, the Southern Alberta Humane Society is running at full speed and is hosting fundraising events just about every month.
The organization held a Paws in the Park event Aug. 24 at Lions Park in Redcliff, bringing the community together for a fun afternoon of music, face painting, a50-50 draw and bouncy castles.
Board president De Seaton is one of the founding members of the organization and she says things have been extremely busy since the society began operations.
“It only started in May but things have been moving fast,” she said. “The support has been amazing for us and we are so thankful for everyone showing up and to sponsors helping us out.”
The SAHS is awaiting federal approval to apply for grants and Seaton says that is a long process, which means the organization will continue to host local fundraisers in Medicine Hat, Redcliff and the surrounding county.
“We’re going to keep hosting events — it’s all we can do right now,” said Seaton. “The federal part of this can take up to a year, so we’re being patient and raising money for the pets in the meantime.”
The group is fostering out close to 20 pets, including dogs, cats and rabbits, and is always looking for more people to volunteer as a foster.
“We need people pretty badly,” said Seaton. “We have 19 animals right now and they’re all with foster homes — we’re turning away calls right now because we need more foster homes in order to accept more animals.
“We’re doing out best to fit everyone in and we just ask anyone interested in fostering to reach out through our Facebook page.”
Seaton says the organization is hoping to start adopting out animals in the coming weeks.
“We’re getting close,” she said. “We have one foster adopting one of her animals right now and then we’ll start looking at other animals.
“As some of the kittens get older we’ll be able to get them up for adoption as well.”
The organization is still working on getting a website up and running and will announce events on the Southern Alberta Humane Society Facebook page.