The Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Animal Shelter are making progress in fund raising efforts. And volunteers and members of the FCAC board say they appreciate and thank the community for its ongoing support.
The FCAC's building fund has reached the $46,530 level, reports Larry Dumler, president of the board. There has already been about $7,000 spent from the fund to take care of pre-construction plumbing and electrical improvements that are being used at the shelter now and that will be needed also as part of the new shelter structure.
The community can keep itself informed of the building fund project by the progress thermometer that is posted at the base of the Cedaredge FoodTown's sign on Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65). The indicator on the thermometer is updated periodically and may not display the exact amount raised to date, Dumler explained.
The FCAC organization has benefitted from community fund raisers and donations recently. A concert performed by local musicians on Sept. 17 raised almost $800 for the building fund. In addition, on Oct. 3 the ladies golf club gave a check for $1,000 to the shelter to be used in the FCAC general operating account, Dumler explained.
The Surface Creek Shelter is accomplishing its animal welfare mission by caring for and finding homes for many animals. Dumler cited statistics from a recent, year-to-date review: There have been 66 dogs returned to their owners; 41 dogs have been adopted; and no dogs have been euthanized. The shelter has adopted out 94 cats so far this year, returned one stray cat to its owner; and one cat had to be euthanized.
FCAC board member Bruce Stanley, an engineer by profession, is working to develop grant proposals for FCAC funding. Dumler explained that since the organization now owns its own building and property, grants from agencies and other non-profits may be more available. A professional grant proposal will increase the chances of finding grant monies for the shelter's mission.
The FCAC volunteers work not only at the shelter, but also at the AppleFest booth where, Dumler said, $1,100 was raised this year.
The Shelter Shoppe Thrift Store just south of Cedaredge Elementary School is also a fund raising enterprise for the FCAC's Surface Creek Shelter. By donating volunteer time at the Shelter Shoppe, by donating goods to sell there, and by making purchases there, members of the community can help the FCAC in its work of humanely keeping the valley free of stray animals and the problems they present when running loose.