Marching through to the end of winter

by Kelly Inglis, manager

  • <p>Kelly Inglis PHOTO</p><p>Sweet and petite, two-year-old Skye is awaiting her spay appointment this month before she becomes available for adoption.</p>
  • <p>Kelly Inglis PHOTO</p><p>Seven-month-old Starling is a gorgeous and loving girl awaiting her spay appointment.</p>
  • <p>Kelly Inglis PHOTO</p><p>John Cena peeks out from his cat tree; he is recovering from recent eye entropion surgery, meaning his eyelashes were curling into his eyes, causing severe discomfort.</p>

SHAID Tree Animal Shelter

It was a busy winter here at SHAID Tree Animal Shelter with 56 surgeries in December, 55 surgeries in January, 61 surgeries in February, and 58 more booked in this month, taking place at Nova Veterinary Clinic, Petite Pet Hospital, Oakland Veterinary Clinic and Chester Basin Animal Hospital.

Most of these were (and are) routine spays and neuters from our late summer and fall kittens who are now mature enough to be fixed, along with our latest shelter intakes, while there were a few dentals and two entropions. As we all know, the costs of everything are rising and that includes surgical procedures for our furry friends.

As a registered charity, we don't receive government funding; all our funds are donated by our community and through fundraising drives that we regularly host. Our next big fundraiser is an online auction with thousands of dollars worth of donated goods and services that our community can bid on and benefit from and we are excited to be kicking it off on March 18!

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for all the details and how to get involved. You'll see amazing packages from Sensea Nordic Spa, Osprey Ridge Golf Course, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Discovery Centre, the Scotiabank Centre, B2 Lofts, Dittos, CarStar, Mahone Bay Trading Company, Salt Box Brewery, Shur-Gain Feeds N' Needs, Heritage Landscaping, Maritime Travel, the Mecklenburgh Inn, Pizza Delight, and so many more!

It takes a village to raise a child, and it also takes a community to help save the lives of hundreds of helpless animals each year – and we want to thank you, our community, for your unwavering support as we welcome our 37th year of helping animals in distress.

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