Humane Society launches annual ‘No Place Like Home’ campaign

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CHARLOTTETOWN — The P.E.I. Humane Society is hoping Islanders can help them reach the $65,000 fundraising goal of its recently launched “No Place Like Home” campaign.

Eric and Caleb.

“Our programs and services impact Islanders from tip to tip,” explained executive director Kelly Mullaly. “The need for our assistance continues to increase each year, which directly affects our expenses. The average cost for an animal in our care is $20 per day, not including the additional services we provide prior to adoption such as spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, and a microchip pet ID.

“With an average length of stay of 30 days per animal, those costs add up quickly.” 

This year’s campaign features the happy adoption story of Erin and Caleb.

After spending two months wandering a local neighbourhood as a stray, Caleb came into the care of the P.E.I. Humane Society in May, thanks to the kindness of a Good Samaritan. 

Unfortunately, Caleb didn’t adjust well to shelter life, becoming aggressive and withdrawn. Recognizing his special needs, volunteers and staff began working with him, using positive behaviour clicker training, play therapy and one-on-one attention. 

Three months later, he was successfully adopted to his new home with Erin, who spotted Caleb’s story on the society’s Facebook page.

She had just lost two senior cats to illness and felt Caleb “needed someone like me to take a chance on him.”

The P.E.I. Humane Society’s priority to work with each adoptable animal — no matter how long it may take — to find their perfect match.

“The PEI Humane Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014,” said marketing and development manager Leanne Cail. “Through the generosity and support of Islanders, we have been able to put people and pets together since 1974.”

She noted that donating to the annual campaign has never been easier.

All donations of $10 or more are eligible for an official tax receipt and donations received prior to Dec. 31, 2013, will receive an official tax receipt for the 2013 year. Donations can be made securely online at www.peihumanesociety.com; by phone at 892-1190; in person at the shelter at 309 Sherwood Rd., Charlottetown; or by mail at PO Box 20022, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 9E3. 

For more information about the society, its programs and services, visit www.peihumanesociety.com.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Humane Society

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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