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REPORTING · 22nd December 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council had a special presentation by Yvonne Lee during their regular meeting on December 20th.

“On Behalf of the Looking For Love Animal Society, after two and a half years, we would like to present you with the key to the shelter. It’s been a long, long process and it’s been a lot of hard work by the community,” said Lee.

She thanked Council for voting in favour of the project and thanked the District of Kitimat for major funding. She thanked all the volunteers and contractors and listed the donations. She estimated the value of the project was $1,179,982

The District of Kitimat presented the project with: $556,762 for renovation and $98,237 for purchasing the building. Corporate donations were: $23,789. Personal donations were $103,370. Work in kind: $397,973.

“We had a lot of help along the way and without that help, we would not be here now,” said Lee.

She presented the key to the building to Mayor Joanne Monaghan. Monaghan thanked her on behalf of the pets of Kitimat.

“I don’t think too many communities can say that we had a group that really put together a million dollar facility and then turned it over to the District,” said Monaghan.

Councillor Gerd Gottschling wanted to know if animals were in the shelter. Lee explained they were waiting for final results of a water permit which was sent to Prince Rupert. They will have to wait on Northern Health for a permit before they can move in.