Last month, people who fueled up at the Drumheller Co-op gas bar were making an indirect donation to the Drumheller & District Humane Society. On Sept. 19, Co-op held Fuel Good Day and pledged $0.10 of every litre sold that day to the organization.
Kelcy Travis is the President of the Humane Society. She was on-hand to receive a $1,400 cheque from Co-op Controller David Friesen. She said the money is well-appreciated.
"It's a really good fundraiser," she said. "It's at a good time right now too because our vet bills have been so high. So, it was helpful."
The Society is having a bit of a cash squeeze right now because of an influx of sick and senior animals.
"We've had a ton of kittens. We've had a lot of sick kittens. We had a lot of seniors," explained Travis. "I had eight senior dogs surrendered all within a month that needed dental work done and were sick."
Travis said some of the kittens they received were born outside, and other were sick and abandoned before being found and brought to the Humane Society.
"Right now we rely solely on fundraising and donations. We have applied for local grants like the [World's Largest Dinosaur] Legacy Fund and we've now started investigating provincial and federal grants."
Travis said the group runs fundraisers all year round. One continuing fundraiser is helping out caterers with serving and clean-up. Travis says it doesn't pay a set amount, but that they can make a decent amount in donations from a single event. Next up for the Humane Society is 'Paws for a Cause' which will see the group attend the Greentree Mall Christmas Market to take family pictures with pets.