Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Humane Society at capacity

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The Estevan Humane Society is nearly at capacity for both dogs and cats, and president Marlene Moore said the organization is hopeful that people will step forward to give the animals a good home.

There are about 13 dogs, 38 cats and four baby kittens currently at the shelter. Moore said it would be nice if they had six or seven dogs and 25 cats. The number of animals in the care of the humane society translates to a lot of work for staff and employees.

“During the summer, we had about 25 or 26 cats, and probably six or seven dogs,” said Moore. “It's been in the last month … that we all of a sudden just had all these dogs.”

It's pretty stressful when they have that many animals, she said.

Moore said people who want to adopt a dog or a cat have to fill out an application, and have it approved, as the humane society wants to ensure that the animals are going to a good home. There's also a fee associated with an adoption.

The humane society has four people working at the animal shelter. They have an interim manager, Macy Dornian, and Moore said Dornian has done a fabulous job in the absence of Judy Martin, who is on a health leave.

Dornian has been working for the humane society for over a year, Moore said.

There are three part-time employees, one of whom is a student. Moore has also been spending a lot of time at the shelter. They have a lot of tasks to do, as they not only have to care for the animals, but they have to handle such tasks as cleaning the animals' blankets to create a clean living environment.

“People don't realize what goes on down there,” said Moore. “It takes a lot of work.”

 


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