Weyburn Humane Society faces challenging year, fundraising efforts restricted

The Weyburn Humane Society had a challenging year in 2020, as reported during their Zoom virtual annual general meeting on January 13.

In the president’s report, Pam Arndt-Schick noted that the COVID-19 restrictions that were put in place in March had put a hold on many of the fundraising plans for the Humane Society.

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“We worked at keeping fundraising alive, despite not being able to do any in person programs. The recycling program and volunteers have worked very hard and we raised over $12,000 for the spay and neuter program.”

After hosting a number of different online fundraisers, and a radio-a-thon event, the Humane Society was able to purchase a much-needed van for the shelter. They also received a $3,000 grant from the Weyburn Credit Union to purchase a trailer, which will be used for any hauling needs of the shelter.

“Our shelter continues to run on a daily basis, with Colleen Morrice, our shelter manager, and our shelter staff making sure that it is always clean and that the animals are being looked after,” said Arndt-Schick.

The new board of directors for the Humane Society include the following: president, Kaylee Vanbeselaere; vice-president, Elizabeth Livingstone; secretary, Lisa Webb; treasurer, Karie Ruckaber; fundraising co-chairs, Rhiannon Benjamin and Sherry Lynn Shamblin; shelter manager, Colleen Morrice, along with directors Randy Bakaluk and Lisa Makelki.

The Humane Society shelter is closed to the public, and all adoptable animals are posted to their Facebook page. Appointments can be made to the shelter, and those visiting the shelter during appointments must wear a mask.

The adoption statistics for 2020 were: 371 animals entered the shelter, and 227 were adopted.