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Photo by Don Benjamin Surface Creek Animal Shelter renovations are progressing as the facility looks to raise funds to add more dog kennels and cat spaces by spring 2018.

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter is attempting to raise funds to pay for building renovations which are in progress and projected to be finished in spring 2018. Jacki Dapkus, secretary for the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC) board which operates the nonprofit shelter, reports that the board is actively seeking local donations while also waiting to hear on a grant application.

Fundraising has taken many forms. A haunted building experience at Pioneer Town on Halloween night raised money and an annual Thanksgiving dinner held at a local restaurant encouraged participant donations to support the nonprofit shelter. The Thanksgiving event at Cedaredge's Creekside Café served 250 people and raised $2,300 in donations. The shelter's thrift store is also a continuing source of funds.

And as the year draws to a close, organizers have launched an all-out campaign entitled "Give 'Em Shelter!" Shelter pets and volunteers marched in the Cedaredge's popular Parade of Lights and posters have appeared around town encouraging donors to purchase a building tile or naming rights to a room in the newly renovated facility. As a further incentive to donate, Susan Jochum of Apple Studios is painting pet portraits and passing on a percentage of her commission to the shelter. The Jochum fundraiser can be viewed on her website, applestudioportraits.com.

Other cash donations can be made online through the shelter website (listed below); or at ColoradoGives.org (search by Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control); or by regular mail sent to Surface Creek Shelter, PO Box 853, Cedaredge, CO 81413.

The animal shelter and the thrift store are operated and staffed entirely by volunteers. The shelter is located at 265 SE High Country Avenue in Cedaredge and it remains open during construction every day from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The shelter website is surfacecreekshelter.org; the phone number is 970-856-2346.

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.

Portrait by Susan Jochum Local artist Susan Jochum is painting pet portraits as part of the Surface Creek Animal Shelter’s “Give ‘Em Shelter” fund drive.
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