Left, Marne Guenther (representing MP Candice Bergen), Michelle Budz (founding member), Irvin Wiebe (deputy mayor), Tyler Cameron (PVHS president), Al Titchkosky (founding member). On stairs: Dave Bone (shelter manager), Curtis Hildebrand (New Leaf Contracting). (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)
The Pembina Valley Humane Society was packed Nov. 1, as they hosted a ribbon cutting, open house and supply drive to celebrate renovations.
The stack of donated items grew as guests arrived, viewing the cats and dogs awaiting adoption. The dog kennels, many which already contained new dogs, were new, the result of the renovation.
Board president Tyler Cameron said they are excited about the changes.
“The renovation is huge,” he said. “The last kennel area lasted us about seven years. With this new method it will last far beyond that.”
Materials will make the difference in the longevity of the kennels.
“Unfortunately most of the structure before was wood with a little bit of PVC sheeting on it, and wood and water don’t mix,” he said. “Now with cement there’s a lot more durability, and it’s all sealed up.”
The kennels were built from cinder blocks which were coated with an epoxy finish. That eliminated screws and seams for better sanitation and a longer lasting product.
The steel parts of the kennel were welded by local students who worked with contractor New Leaf Contracting.
“I think every project we do, we always get great community support,” Cameron said. “It’s always so wonderful to see the continued support of the community.”
Cameron described New Leaf Contracting as “going above and beyond for us”.
At the beginning of construction, all remaining dogs were put in foster homes. Before the construction was done, all had been found homes, which meant the new kennels received a new batch of dogs.
Cameron said they are pleased to get such a major project finished.
“There’s still a few parts of the building that we’ll look to make better,” he said. “This gives us an opportunity to focus on the marketing aspect of it, some retail products...”
The Humane Society is always looking for donations of necessary products. They include dog treats/toys, clumping cat litter, wet cat food, laundry detergent, bleach and dish soap.
To learn more go to pvhsociety.ca.