Every year more than 1,000 animals are taken into the East Kootenay shelter.
On average, 350 of these animals come from the Elk Valley and South Country areas.
“We never euthanize animals for lack of space, and we treat any and all medical needs unless it is too expensive or hard on the dog or cat to have a surgery,” says shelter manager Barb Howe.
She added: “We are getting quite a few older animals now being dropped off due to high vet costs for dental.
“We do our best to take care of these requirements and find the older animals homes.
“We have a “senior for seniors” plan that adopts senior animals to seniors for a nominal adoption fee or sometimes for free.”
“We now have a spey/neuter program for low income families and that is helping with the numbers of kittens and puppies.
Howe said she is grateful to everyone who has helped this year’s Paws for a Cause event to happen.
“Working together with all the people in our huge area benefits everyone. Thanks to all the walkers, volunteers, and sponsors for making our walk a success.” R.E.