If you’re looking for a cute family Christmas photo, search no further. Pictures with Santa, the Revelstoke and District Humane Society’s (RDHS) largest fundraiser, is quickly approaching.
Last year, over 100 photographs were sent out. The group is hoping for even more this year. Well priced at $10, the photographs are taken by professional photographer John Morrison.
Naturally, four-legged family members are welcome. “Some people come with no pets, some people only bring pets, some with adults, some with kids; we get a mix of everything,” said RDHS President Pauline Hunter. “We have a full background and Santa is there. The quality of John’s pictures is impressive. He donates his time for us and emails out the images, usually within a week, so people can use them for Christmas cards or in letters if they want.”
The event takes place at the Revelstoke Curling Rink, November 18, from 10am – 4pm. “Generally, it’s less busy first thing, so if you don’t want to wait in line, I recommend going before lunch,” says Hunter. Once customers have paid and secured their place, they are given a number. “It is up to them to either wait or leave and come back if they feel they have time,” says Hunter. The wait time can run anywhere from five to forty minutes.
Also available will be the bidding form for the number one dog tag, donated to the RDHS by the City of Revelstoke. “People are very eager to win the dog tag,” says Hunter. “We already have a $75 bid in place.” There will also be a bake sale and raffle tickets for various prizes donated by local businesses.
The money raised from event is used throughout the year. “We use it to buy cat food, to ensure every cat that is adopted out has been spayed or neutered and is vaccinated. We also use it to subsidize the spay/neuter program we offer to the community,” says Hunter.
This program runs twice annually and covers 30% of the cost to spay or neuter a cat, regardless of where the cats come from. “Anyone can fill out an application,” explains Hunter.
The Revelstoke and District Humane Society currently has several kittens up for adoption. “Spring and late fall are the busiest times of year. In the late spring, people move out of own and we have cases of abandoned animals, as well as kitty litters, and we get kitty litters in the fall too.”
Volunteers are always welcome, whether it is to help at a specific event, or something more involved. “For volunteers who work with the animals, we ask for a six month commitment for one shift a week,” she says. The shifts themselves are only two hours, from 7-9pm, and there are always two volunteers working together. Donations of dry cat and kitten food, as well as clean towels or cat beds, are always welcome.
For more information, check out https://revelstokehumanesociety.wordpress.com/