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Margaret Sanou, Neon and Santa tour the kennels.
REPORTING · 4th January 2010
Walter McFarlane
On December 20th, the Kitimat Humane Society held an open house. Santa was present and people came by to see all that had been accomplished since October.

“We’re doing an open house for people to come see the progress on the new shelter to show how far it has progressed to date and how we still need more money to try complete the project. We’re doing Santa pics with pets and a chance for people to wander through and get to meet everybody,” said Maryanne Baumbach.

Baumbach was able to report that the Santa pictures at the mall went very well this year. She added that they were still sending out pets to other communities because families in Kitimat were still abandoning their pets.

The new facilities themselves were starting to take shape. The drywall was going up. The ventilation was being sorted out although the heating was working well. The ceiling still had to be put into place, the fencing and screening needed to be completed on the cat communals, and there was also some electrical work that needed to be completed.

“We’re still not sure what’s happening with our water right now with Eurocan shutting down at the end of January. We’ve made several inquiries and if worst comes to worse, we might have to drill a well,” said Ron Burnette at the time.

He estimated that they will need $150,000 to $165,000. Personal donations have not slowed down since October, but money from foundations has slowed down. He guessed that this was due to the recession.
Adam Pritchard, Pauline Morgan and Maple were present to see what was updated at the shelter and get their photo with Santa.
Adam Pritchard, Pauline Morgan and Maple were present to see what was updated at the shelter and get their photo with Santa.
Chelsea Boyson and Sheila Eynon.  Chelsea has been saving her pennies for months and donating them to the shelter.  The animal shelter gave her a dog and a cat.
Chelsea Boyson and Sheila Eynon. Chelsea has been saving her pennies for months and donating them to the shelter. The animal shelter gave her a dog and a cat.