The Surface Creek Animal Shelter had planned to complete renovations this spring. The work was finished on schedule and, as an added bonus, it's all paid for.

According to Jacki Dapkus, secretary of the Surface Creek Animal Shelter board, generous community donations combined with significant grants have covered the costs of renovation. The nonprofit cat and dog shelter recently changed its name from Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control to Surface Creek Animal Shelter and the organization is extremely grateful for community support. An open house event is planned for June 2018.

Community fundraising has taken many forms. Past year contributions to support the shelter were raised at a Halloween event at Cedaredge's Pioneer Town and at an annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Creekside Cafe. Then organizers went all-out with an end-of-year fundraising campaign entitled "Give 'Em Shelter" which raised additional money. The shelter's thrift store also serves as a reliable source of continuing funds.

Although the building is paid for, the nonprofit shelter continues to need funds to meet operating expenses so fundraising is ongoing. Current efforts are focused on selling memorial pet tiles which will be permanently displayed inside the new building. The custom tiles allow contributors to honor their late pets by name. A tile which measures six-inches square sells for $100. A larger one-foot square tile sells for $300. Tiles can be ordered by completing a form at the shelter.

Additional cash donations to support the shelter can be made online through the shelter website (listed below or by regular mail sent to Surface Creek Animal 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 South East High Country Avenue in Cedaredge and it is open every day from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The shelter website is surfacecreek and its 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.

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