Pincher Creek Humane Society invites members of the community to join them for a standup comedy show fundraiser and dinner on Friday, Sept. 29, at Pincher Creek Community Hall.
This adults-only comedy night features special guest comedians Dave Nystrom and Adam Ruby.
Dave is a Canadian comedian from Thunder Bay, best known for his work on CTV’s Comedy Now! and the CBC political comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Adam, on the other hand, is a high-energy comedian who is highly regarded for his storytelling. He has made a name for himself within the Calgary comedy scene, having performed in the YYC Comedy Festival, as well as being a regular at the Comedy Cave.
The animal shelter is hosting the event in the hopes of raising money to offset mounting expenses, in addition to funding new spay-and-neuter programs.
“As a non-profit, we only get so much funding. It’s not enough when compared to the cost of running the shelter,” says Felicia White, manager of the shelter.
“I would say that even a healthy cat that comes in is easily going to cost us $200 for the vetting, the original health check, the vaccines, the spay or neuter procedure, etc.”
In recent months, the non-profit has been slammed by veterinary bills and other expenses, stemming from an increase in the number of animals being dropped off at the shelter.
Felicia says this has been a particularly bad year in terms of the number of dogs dropped off at the shelter. As it stands, the shelter is at maximum capacity for dogs.
The hope is that this show draws locals and succeeds in raising enough money to help the shelter recover funds and get through to next year without worrying about a lack of resources.
“We just need to raise money. The board, the staff, we’re all trying to find different ways to bring in that income to help our animals, but we can only do so much and we need support from the community,” Felicia says.
The shelter is seeking support from local companies, individuals and organizations, and there are a number of ways you can help. Individual tickets can be purchased through the shelter for $65, or companies can spoil their staff by purchasing a table of eight for $450.
Businesses and individuals can also sponsor the event through either monetary or silent auction items. There are six levels of sponsorship, ranging from “High Paw” to “All 4 Paws In,” with any sort of sponsorship being recognized through the shelter’s social media pages.
If those options don’t work for you, you can still support the shelter by purchasing a 50-50 ticket for the humane society’s online raffle. Anyone in Alberta can purchase a ticket, with the winner’s name being drawn the night of the show.
Assuming the shelter sells out its 50-50 raffle, the lucky winner would walk away with $10,000.
“We want to sell out, we want that engagement with the community and we want this to be a night to remember,” Felicia says.
So far, ticket sales have been slow for tables, and our local branch of the SPCA is imploring residents and businesses alike to come out and support a worthy cause.
Tickets can be purchased at Pincher Creek Humane Society, by contacting Felicia at 403-563-0095 or by contacting Kelly Lepine at 403-563-9428.