By Marianne Curtis
After nearly three years in operation, the Steinbach Humane Society is shutting down their operations and not accepting any more animals.
The Steinbach Humane Society was founded in June 2008 by Karen Pruden andLisa Rogal. Without a formal location, the organization has relied on volunteers that could foster cats and dogs until a new home was found.
“We can’t stay open longer due to lack of funding and manpower,” stated Rogal. “Our focus is on finding forever homes for all the precious fur friends in our care.”
There are currently twelve pets that need to still find permanent homes before the organization calls it quits.
Since the Steinbach Humane Society organized, Rogal estimates that about three hundred animals have been rescued and found new homes. Despite a high success rate, the organization was unable to raise enough money to keep the organization afloat and proceed towards their dream – building a humane society building in the community.
The organization is also looking for help in paying off $3,900 in vet bills to Dr. David Millar and the Old Country Vet. Two fundraisers are scheduled to help cover those costs. On February 19 there is a fundraiser at Rumor’s Comedy Club and on March 19 there will be a Bud Spud and Steak Dinner in Steinbach.
Anyone wishing to either adopt one of the remaining animals or in the fundraisers are encouraged to contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite increasing their visibility this past year by participating in events like community parades, the Steinbach Humane Society is being forced to shut down operations due to lack of support.