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Comedy fund-raiser will support humane society

Housing stray animals is no laughing matter. But Fort Macleod residents can have a laugh Thursday, Sept. 11 while helping build a shelter. The Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA is hosting a comedy fund-raiser in support of its new facility.
“We are doing it for all the dogs and cats that for whatever unfortunate reason find themselves in need of finding their forever home,” society board member Roxane Baalim said. “I believe that how a society treats its animals has a direct relation to how they treat each other as human beings.” The Raise the Woof comedy tour will appear at 6 p.m. at Pincher Creek Community Hall. The evening features three comedy performances appropriate for people aged 16 years and over, a silent auction, raffles and door prizes.

The Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA is a non-profit group that takes in animals that do not have a home. The society sprays or neuters animals and provides veterinarian care, grooming and socialization before they are placed in their adoptive homes. The society, which does not euthanize animals, educates the public on the care of dogs and cats. The society’s old facility was demolished in July. At present the society is housing cats at its temporary location in the former RCMP detachment in Pincher Creek. The four dogs in the society’s care are being fostered by volunteers.

The Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA has raised $450,000 through contributions by the Town of Pincher Creek, MD of Pincher Creek and grants from Alberta Culture and the Community Facility Enhancement Program. “Although we raised money for the basic construction of the new facility, we need about $100,000 more to complete the building,” society board president Clara Yagos said. “This fund-raiser will bring us closer to our goal.” Sebring Construction Ltd. has started work on the new 2,400 sq. ft. building.

The Raise the Woof comedy tour was started by James Uloth to help people who support animals. Through its stand-up comedy, Raise the Woof has raised more than $400,000 for 40 shelters and animal rescue groups in Canada and the U.S. Uloth, Ryan Patterson and Art Krug are the comedians who will perform at Pincher Creek. They have all appeared on Just For Laughs/Comedy Central. Tickets are available from the Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA, Pincher Creek Veterinary Clinic, Gone to the Dogs Grooming, and the Beaver Mines General Store. Fort Macleod residents can also help by donating door and raffle prizes, with cash donations or by volunteering at the event. Phone 403-627-5191 for information. “I hope that the community is able to support us in any way they can to close the financial gap we have between our current funding and what the new shelter is going to cost to complete,” Baalim said. “Every little bit will help.”

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