The Drumheller and District Humane Society is giving local residents the opportunity to spend time with the cats at the shelter.

Every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Drumhellions can go help groom the cats.

"There's so many of them that you might get through a handful one day, start on the next group the next day and by the time you're done you have to go back to the first group," stated Kelcy Travis, President of the Humane Society board.

"We have people of all ages come just to interact, pet them, groom them and we really need it. We have quite a few long haired cats that really need the extra attention."

Travis mentioned that before you're able to groom cats, you do need do go through an orientation to see how to groom the animals, where the tools are and the specific tools they use.

There are some cats that really enjoy being groomed, but there's also some that prefer not to be groomed.

"They say it's like a full body massage for cats; it feels good for them and it helps keep the dander down. I was reading something that says petting animals brings your blood pressure down (and) it's good for stress," Travis mentioned.

If you're interested in helping groom the cats at the Humane Society you can stop by anytime to sign up or give them a call at 403-823-8999.

"We're open Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 until 4:00 p.m. and you can just stop in and we'd be happy to show you around or how to groom the cats," Travis noted.

"The more volunteers we have doing that the better because we usually have around 20 cats at the centre at most time, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less. It's a lot of cats to groom for a few people."

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