Excitement building for new shelter

By Don Benjamin

Excitement building for new shelter | Cedaredge, Animal Shelter,

Photo by Don Benjamin Mandy is one of three senior cats seeking temporary homes during shelter renovation.

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter is renovating and the public can help.

In September, Jacki Dapkus, of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC) board, told the DCI that the shelter had "four or five" senior cats that needed a temporary home during the estimated three to four months of shelter construction. As of last week, that number was down to three. Older cats Elsa, Missy and Mandy are still looking for homes. "The shelter will provide all food and any medical care required," Dapkus said. She added that the older cats need "a little space and love" during the construction period and that the animals are also looking for permanent adopted homes.

Another way the public can assist is by volunteering. Volunteers are always welcome and are especially needed to brush and hold cats, walk dogs, and assist with other shelter activities. During construction, those wishing to volunteer are asked to call in advance to discuss volunteer opportunities. The shelter also welcomes donations of dog and cat food and cat litter. Consult the shelter's website (listed below) for donation guidelines. Volunteers are also needed to help operate the shelter's thrift store.

Fundraising and awareness events are held throughout the year. The next major event will take place on Halloween night. 'Things That Go Bump in the Night' happens on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge. This is a "costumes-required" event for children and families, co-sponsored by the Shelter Shoppe and Pioneer Town. It will feature haunted buildings, spooky drinks, a séance in the saloon and a haunted graveyard. There will also be games for kids, a costume contest and refreshments. Admission is $5.00 per person. For information on the Halloween event contact the Shelter Shoppe thrift store.

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter renovation will add three dog kennels to the north end of the present building. Between now and the anticipated completion in springtime 2018, shelter staff will be housed in temporary quarters -- a modular building just west of the main facility. The animal shelter is located at 265 South East High Country Avenue in Cedaredge. It is open every day from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

The Shelter Shoppe thrift store is located at 290 North Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge. Thrift store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Sunday and Wednesday. For more information on the thrift store call 970- 856-7913 or visit The Shelter Shoppe's Facebook page.

Operated by the non-profit Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC), the shelter provides care and love for cats and dogs awaiting adoption. Members of the FCAC board are: Larry Dumler, president; Deb Fairchild, vice president; Susan Dumler, treasurer; and Jacki Dapkus, secretary. For further information, call 970- 856-2346, or visit the shelter's website at http://www.surfacecreekshelter.org.