Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control last week received donations of pet food and cash that came from local pet lovers who participated in two events sponsored by the Surface Creek Veterinary Center.
Veterinarians Jeff and Susie Hirsch sponsored a pet food drive at their clinic and encouraged clients to donate items to the effort. The result was cases of canned food and big bags of dry food donated for the local shelter.
Everything was set up and on display last week at the center, located at the intersection of Surface Creek and Hanson roads. It looked like Santa had just taken his exit up the chimney leaving all of the goodies for local Fido foodies wrapped up in colorful shiny paper.
The big display of treats made a perfect setting for a check presentation to the FCAC and its Surface Creek Animal Shelter building fund. A nice check for $370 was presented to Jacqui Dapkus of FCAC by Susie Hirsch. Jeff and Susie raised the funds by staging their fourth annual Dog Jog at Aspen Trails Campground last October.
The money will go into the FCAC's building project. The local animal welfare group is working to raise funds for a new main building at its adoption-only facility.
Since taking actual ownership of the shelter and its grounds from the Town of Cedaredge last year, FCAC sees the need to replace an old, pre-HUD mobile home that has served as the shelter's main office area and feline sanctuary. The group is working toward a new, stick-built main building to replace the old trailer. At fundraising events, FCAC volunteers will have on display a rendering of what the new facility is conceived of looking like when completed. The drawing was done by FCAC board president Larry Dumler.
The Black Canyon animal rescue facility also benefitted from the events. Susie Hirsch said that the cash funds were split equally between the two animal welfare groups and that Black Canyon received a like amount of the donated pet food as did the FCAC.
The Shelter Shoppe thrift store has $5 tickets on sale now for its annual Crocks for Critters fundraiser that will take place in February.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.