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Spotlight: In The Woods Animal Rescue needs donations

Mac Olsen
for Spotlight

An animal advocacy group needs the public’s help to handle the many abandoned animals they have.

In The Woods Animal Rescue, based in Marie Reine, is filled to capacity with dogs, cats and other animals.

“We are an emergency rescue,” says Sheryl Woods, whose property the animals are located on. “We try not to take owner surrenders. That’s for the SPCA.”

However, they will take them in extenuating circumstances. Mainly, they take animals at risk of being euthanized. Woods and her group encourage everyone to spay or neuter their animals, to keep the pet population under control.

On Woods’ property, there are outdoor dog kennels and indoor kennels for cats. Woods is also housing three pot-bellied pigs in her barn. Out back, she has an exercise yard for the dogs.

In The Woods Animal Rescue receives no government funding, relying solely on donations and the good will of the public. Currently, they need cash, food and building materials, as well as labour donations for electrical work and natural gas service.

Dog walkers and other volunteers are also welcome, as Woods finds it a full-time job to look after all the animals she has.

Fundraiser ideas are welcome, too. In early October, In The Woods Animal Rescue held a barbecue fundraiser outside the Falher Co-op and District hardware store, which included providing information about animal care.

The registered non-profit organization started operating in May 2013. It serves from Peace River, to Valleyview, to Slave Lake. Early last week, Cheryl Bastien, a board member and volunteer, retrieved two abandoned cats from an apartment in High Prairie and took them to Marie Reine. In The Woods Animal Rescue plans to hold a grand opening in the spring of 2014.

For more information or to make a donation, please call Woods at (780) 322-2652. In The Woods Animal Rescue is also on Facebook.

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