The Victoria Humane Society has been hard at work after more than 50 pets were rescued by volunteers last week.
Now with 121 cats and dogs currently in the care of animal fostering volunteers, the society is hoping that Vancouver Island residents will be interested in adopting or supporting a new four-legged friend.
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After receiving a total of 51 animals last week, the society is expecting to see the same number again this week.
“Right now we’re at 121 [animals] but we have a whole bunch more coming in,” the Victoria Humane Society’s executive director, Penny Stone, told Victoria Buzz.
“It seems like every day people are phoning in and saying ‘can you take this’.”
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While volunteers are still accepting dozens of animals, limited resources and the lack of a dedicated shelter space have caused the society to turn some pets away.
However, acquiring a property is challenging for a non-profit organization. That’s why the Humane Society is hoping to find a partner that’s willing to help them secure a mortgage for a shelter space.
“We don’t have a facility so we have to send animals to foster homes…” said Stone.
“We are looking at a couple of properties that look really perfect for us so we’re hoping to be able to secure someone to back us and be willing to secure the mortgage.”
“Because it’s hard when you’re a non-profit organization.”
A dedicated facility would be critical in supporting the humane society, as many of the animals that are turned away from them are sadly put down or abandoned.
“We really want to be able to save more lives and we can’t do that without a facility,” said Penny.
Besides working towards acquiring a facility, donations to the Victoria Humane Society are used to supplement care costs, including spaying and neutering all animals, microchipping, general medical and dental checks, fostering costs until animals are adopted, and more.
Anyone who is interested in adopting a furry companion can find profiles of each animal online here, and those interested in supporting the humane society can donate through their website online here.