Sunday, June 21, 2015

A warm and fuzzy grand opening for new Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA facility

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA held the grand opening on their new facility on Friday June 12, 2015.  This facility has been in the making for years with planning, fundraising, filling out grants, and relocating during the actual building period, as the new facility is on the site of the old facility.  The official ribbon was held by young helpers Alexandre and Catherine and speeches were given by MD of Pincher Creek Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg, and Pincher Creek Humane Society President Clara Yagos.  Mayor Anderberg performed the official ribbon cutting.

Mayor Anderberg cuts the ribbon as Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos and Humane Society President Clara Yagos look on (with Alexandre and Catherine holding the ribbon)

Clara Yagos thanked both the town and MD for their commitment toward the society, the many people who came to celebrate, the members of the board both past and present, volunteers, and those who donated time, money and effort to make this happen.  "When I got on the board in 2007, this was a dream," said Clara Yagos.  She quoted western writer Louis L'amour, "'There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning'."  She said that even though this was the grand opening, there was still much more work to be done, including the rocky area around the building, and the actual day to day operation of the facility.

Back: Catherine, Alex    Front: Julia, Hannah, Emma, Adrijanna
People were welcome to take a fuzzy stuffed animal as part of the celebration, enjoy cake, and take a tour behind the scenes.  On the day of the grand opening the facility had seven dogs in care on site with four more in foster care, and between the facility itself and their partner PetSmart they were in charge of over 50 cats.  They have four part time staff members and a legion of volunteers who help keep the place running.  The new and well organized facility is already facing challenges.  Needed on an ongoing basis are cleaning supplies, specifically bleach for disinfecting, towels, and laundry soap. Other needed items more directly related to the animals include cat litter and soft food for the cats and dogs.

Staff and volunteers Sandra, Jessilyn, Shannon, Megan
Facility Coordinator Shannon Scherger said she is pleased with the new  facility and the level of commitment she is receiving from both the staff and the volunteers.

Commendable youth volunteers

^ After the public ceremonies Scherger gathered her youth volunteers together and gave them certificates for their hard work and involvement.   Each has their own reasons for helping, and all showed a great care for the animals.  Her volunteers include Robin Argument, Laura Parisis, Megan Sundberg, Regan Kuzyk, Jessilyn Karasz, Alex Cameron,  and Aubrey Jesen (not pictured).

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Side view of the new facility

Front view of new facility

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