March 23rd, 2016 ~ Vol. 85 No. 12
Horace Allen School students give donation to SPCA
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Horace Allen students Payton Jahn presents a bone shaped $400 cheque to the Crowsnest Pass SPCA as ‘Fred the Dog’ and owner Wendy Vanee look on. Horace Allen students also enjoyed a fiddle concert by visiting musicians Gordon Stobbe from Nova Scotia and J.J. Guy from Saskatchewan.
Pass Herald Reporter
On March 21, Horace Allen School students enjoyed a fiddle concert by visiting musicians Gordon Stobbe from Nova Scotia and J.J. Guy from Saskatchewan.

Following the concert local SPCA representative Wendy Zach arrived with Fred, a very special four-legged friend, and his owner Wendy Vanee.

Zach accepted a cheque for $400 from Horace Allen School collected during the second annual Cupcake Day held Feb. 26. The event was sponsored by the Grade 2 class and supported by staff, parents and students.

“Those kids are awesome,” said Zach. “We are so happy that they have chosen to show their support for the shelter. They are an amazing bunch of students.”

“They work hard at their fundraising and it definitely shows.”

Zach said the donation will go to purchase food, veterinary care, toys and cleaning supplies needed to keep the shelter going.

“It all goes right back to the animals,” she said.

Fred took a long arduous journey before he found his forever home and was twice adopted out of the animal shelter in Hillcrest before Vanee took him in.
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One family brought him back because the adoption wasn’t working, said Zach.

“We take them back no questions asked,” she said.

He was then readopted but Fred is something of a free spirit and he ran away from his new family and was gone for two and half months before being picked up by the RCMP near Burmis.

After that he spent about a year in the shelter before he was adopted out a third, and hopefully final, time.

“He is just the best dog ever,” said Zach. “His attitude is still kind, gentle and patient as it ever was. I can see he really looks to his new family for a lot of direction and that is a good thing.

Zach said she’s always happy to see a successful adoption.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” she said. “I wish we could do that every time.”

The shelter is currently housing 22 cats and one dog and is over its comfortable capacity.

“We can’t take anymore in until we adopt some out,” said Zach. “All we can do is the best that we can.”

The shelter is also looking for volunteers and will always welcome visitors who want to come play with or care for the animals.
March 23rd ~ Vol. 85 No. 12
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