Six pets find ‘forever homes’

Gord Fortin
Lakeside Leader

The Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake held its latest adoption day and it led to six animals finding forever homes.
Committee chairperson Dennise McIntyre says that two out of the six animals were cats and the other four were dogs. She calls the event a success overall as a lot of people turned up to see the animals.
“It was nice,” she says.
Five of these animals have already gone to their new adopted home, at the time of this interview. McIntyre says only one was still in the committee’s care. It is a kitten.
Following the adoption day, the committee still has five dogs and 46 cats remaining.
McIntyre says the next adoption day will be sometime in March. It has been decided to hold an event each month on the same day of the week, but the exact day has not been chosen yet. It will take place at the animal shelter.
“It will always be on a Saturday,” she says.
The Animal Rescue Committee has a base of volunteers that serve them well. McIntyre says they have been working on a volunteer application form so they can get more volunteers.This means, volunteers can choose what they will be volunteering for. From there they will come in for an orientation based on that decision. She says opportunities can be just doing cleaning, taking care of the animals, caring for dogs or cats, doing laundry or washing floors, for example.
“There is a variety of volunteer opportunities here,” she says.
After orientation, the volunteer sill sign up for a shift based on their availability. This will all be organized by a volunteer co-ordinator.
This process has not been finalized yet. McIntyre does not want to put a date on when it would up and running but does not foresee it taking much longer. Once it is finished the committee will make an announcement on their Facebook page.
As for foster homes, McIntyre says there are homes in place already. Before the committee had their building on Caribou Trail NW, the operation only ran on foster homes.
That said, they do have very few that can foster both cats and dogs.
If you are interested in fostering animals, you can get an application form at the shelter.

Available

Benson, a Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua cross, was begging for attention at the latest Slave Lake Animal Rescue Committee adoption day on Jan. 27. He was one of the many animals up for adoption that day.

Accepting offers

Ceiridwen Robbins poses with Cheetos, a 2-3 year old domestic short-haired cat during the latest Slave Lake Animal Rescue Committee adoption day on Jan. 27.

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