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Felicia White, woman with dark hair pulled back and sunglasses on her head, holds a black puppy while standing with an adult dressed in a brown dog costume.

Get ready to Raise the Woof with Pincher Creek Humane Society

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.

 

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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.

Local groups, like SPCA, reach out for help

It’s no secret that businesses are struggling to find staff, but the same holds true for non-profit groups like the Pincher Creek Humane Society (SPCA), in finding volunteers.

Shelter manager Felicia White says finding volunteers to act as board members, help with community events or come into the shelter to care for the animals is an ongoing challenge.

“We’ve been part of the farmers market with the chamber all summer, and the big thing I’ve noticed with everyone is nobody can find volunteers.”

Part of the reason, she believes, might be the changing family culture.

“I think a lot of it has to do with families needing two incomes to live. And if you have kids, you’re strapped, you have no time.”

But, there’s also a shift in the volunteer culture.

“Our seniors’ generation are the ones that have been part of the boards, part of the businesses and doing the fundraisers,” Felicia adds.

And, now they’re retiring or moving on — in some cases, leaving the community to be closer to family.

 

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“I feel there’s a lot of people that piggyback. So, if we have somebody on our board, they’re also part of the fish pond, the Legion, the Elks or the Lions, and they can’t give their full effort because they’re trying to help everybody.”

As longtime volunteers step away, Felicia is hoping the younger generation will pick up the torch in some capacity.

“For us, we need volunteers everywhere. I kind of get one demographic of people who just want to come in and pet our cats and that’s great because I do need socialization with them,” she says.

But there are other ways to help. The shelter needs foster caregivers and people to walk dogs.

“With that being said, our dogs are not little dogs. Typically, ill-mannered large dogs, which is why we have them. So, a 16-year-old can’t go and take out my big cane corso,” Felicia adds.

That’s not because most teens wouldn’t have the strength, she points out, but because of insurance and liability concerns.

 

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That’s where an older person can step in and help.

With more volunteers, Felicia says the humane society is able to reduce some of its operating costs and, more importantly, avoid “cutting corners” with its animal care, with the money that is saved.

But, while advocating for her organization, Felicia says volunteering is all about the right fit.

“I cannot keep a plant alive to save my life,” she jokes, “so, I would not be a good person for the (Pincher) Planters.”

If you love animals, however, the Pincher Creek Humane Society is looking for you.

Here is the society’s web link: bit.ly/465BuTt.

The Pincher Planters and plenty of other non-profits in the community are also in search of a few good people, many with their own social media pages or websites offering contact information.

One good source to start might be Volunteer Pincher Creek’s social media page at bit.ly/45JcbXR.

Five women stand together after presentation of a cheque and plaque from the Community Society of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta to the Pincher Creek Humane Society.

Summer fundraisers will assist Pincher Creek Humane Society

With the recent influx of cats and dogs being brought to the shelter, the need to raise funds is at an all-time high for the  Pincher Creek Humane Society. The organization is preparing for what is shaping up to be a busy summer of fundraising events.

“We’re totally non-profit, so we rely on grants, fundraising and donations,” says Felicia White, executive director of the PCHS.

“We get funding from the town and MD each year, but it’s not enough to keep the shelter running at the capacity that is being required of us right now, and it’s not fair to the animals.”

To help alleviate the financial stressors facing the shelter, Felicia, along with board members, staff and volunteers, has organized a number of events and programs throughout the summer to raise money, while engaging the community with some fun activities.

“The PCHS is here to help the animals, but also to educate the public, so these are things that could help us but also help in terms of engaging our community,” Felicia says.

The next fundraising opportunity at the shelter is Kids Paint Night at the shelter. For $25, parents can register their child for a fun-filled evening featuring a tour of the shelter, quality time with the animals and, of course, painting.

 

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This event will recur throughout the summer. Dates for children aged six to nine are scheduled for June 8 and 29 and July 6. The dates for children 10 to 13 are June 6 and 27 and July 4.

Each slot will run with a maximum of six kids from 5 to 8 p.m. Children are expected to bring their own food and drinks, but art supplies will be provided on-site. Preregistration is required.

Next on the agenda is the shelter’s ’80s Dance Night, an adults-only event. Community members are invited to join the Humane Society at the Pincher Creek Legion on June 10 for an evening of dancing in your best ’80s threads.

The event will feature entertainment by Bluerock Music, and food and alcohol will be served.

Tickets are available at the shelter for $20. You can also support the shelter by purchasing 50-50 tickets at the event.

 

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Next up is the first of three Pyjama Parties at the shelter for children aged five and up. For $25, parents can sign up their child for this evening of movies, games and interacting with the animals. 

The parties will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 23, July 14 and Aug 4. Other dates may be added, based on community interest. Children are asked to bring a pillow, blanket and a snack.

Only six children can attend per party, so if you’re a parent interested in having your child attend, make sure to preregister soon.

Lastly, the shelter will host a garage sale and barbecue Aug. 18. The PCHS is looking for donations of usable, unwanted household items to sell. 

The money will go toward supporting the animals, in addition to helping jump-start some new community programs. Examples include the Spay/Neuter Low Income Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Trap/Neuter/Return program (TNR). 

 

 

Currently, the organization has an ongoing bottle drive to raise funds. Residents are encouraged to donate their unwanted bottles to the shelter or to drop them off at the depot and let its staff know they’re for PCHS.

Last year the shelter raised $6,000 through its bottle drive, and the goal this year is $8,000.

In a few weeks, the shelter hopes to have a new community dog wash station set up for public use. The station will cost a small fee per use, with the money supporting the animals in the shelter’s care.

The dog wash station was made possible thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta.

If you are unable to make a donation but still wish to help, consider volunteering at the shelter. Volunteer orientation seminars are held the second Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stop by the shelter, fill out a volunteer form and see what it is all about. 

 

A woman scoops fresh popcorn into a green and blue popcorn bag.

Scoop for Love

For every 30 minutes a volunteer bags popcorn, the theatre will donate $15 to a charity of the volunteer’s choice. 

Scoop for Love volunteers are also welcome to enjoy a free bag of popcorn and watch whatever movie is playing at the time.

Amanda Leaming, co-owner of Fox Theatre, says Scoop for Love was introduced after she came across similar programs running successfully at other theatres. She feels it’s a good opportunity to develop a community connection while supporting worthy causes.

“My motto is the famous Helen Keller quote, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,’ ” Amanda says.

“Having people come in to volunteer their hours and give that money back to the community, in terms of their charity of choice, really helps develop a strong sense of community and joy.”

Prior to the launch of Scoop for Love, Amanda reached out to some local non-profit groups to let them know about the program.

Felicia White, executive director of the Pincher Creek Humane Society, was thrilled to learn of the program and how it could help the animal shelter.

 

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“I get people who want to volunteer and help the shelter that can’t because they’re allergic to the animals, so this is a way that they can help without stepping foot in the shelter,” Felicia says.

“Fifteen dollars may not seem like a lot, but it goes a long way to helping us here at the shelter, whether that’s buying cat litter, bleach or other products we require.” 

While the emphasis will be on local organizations, volunteers can select whatever charity or non-profit they wish to receive their donation. 

The theatre will eventually have a list of local charities and non-profits for volunteers to consider, should they wish.

Interested candidates should contact the theatre and set up a date for a small amount of training, to ensure they’re confident and comfortable with the work.

A schedule will be up at the theatre with time slots open for volunteers to bag popcorn. As long as there are slots available, there is no limit to how much time someone can volunteer.

For more information, or if you wish to volunteer, you can call the theatre at 403-627-3444, email foxtheatre@omratech.ca or swing by in person.

Male youth pins poppy to Remembrance Day cross held by female youth, while another male youth stands at attention, on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 9, 2022

We will remember them

Peter Van Bussel and Abigail Rigaux receive a poppy from Walker Anderson at the MHHS Remembrance Day assembly in Pincher Creek.

Kids trick or treating in lion costumes – one roaring and one smiling on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 2, 2022

Lion’s share of fun

Ames and Miles were spotted enjoying Spooky Town and the great weather Saturday at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.