Cats in need of foster homes

Highlights from PALS Annual General Meeting and regular board meeting

The Protecting Animal Life Society (PALS) hosted its annual general meeting on Feb. 3 at Selkirk College.

One of the first reports at the meeting was that of animals, and the amount of cats and dogs that go through the adoptionprogram.

In 2015, 51 animals went through PALS’ adoption program. Of that number, 48 were cats, which equals to about 95 per centof the animals.

When it comes to donations, the society had a good year. From the various donation cans around the village, $2127.44 wascollected.

With regard to new business, the society had an election of officers.

Susan Rogers stepped down as chair and was voted in as vice chair. Linda Kendall was re-elected as treasurer, and KathySmith was re-elected as secretary. The position of chair of the society is currently vacant.

Following the AGM, PALS held its regular board meeting for the month of February.

The society’s 2016 vegetable order has been filled for the annual PALS Mother’s Day Plant Sale. The order has been filled withFour Seasons Greenhouse. About 10 or 11 flats of veggies have been ordered for the sale. Along with veggies, PALS has alsoordered plants from Four Seasons Greenhouse. Overwaitea will also be providing plants for the sale.

The sale this year will take place on May 7.

A ticket raffle will once again be done on Mother’s Day, with a pot of $1,000.

Animal fostering was brought up at the meeting.

There is an urgent need for more work to be put into the foster care program in regard to recruiting people willing to foster ananimal before it can be adopted.

Because PALS doesn’t have a shelter, it can be difficult to find a place for the animals to stay before finding their forever home.The society does have a foster care program, but it doesn’t seem to get much attention or assistance. Bringing new memberson board would help, as the new members might be able to foster an animal. If they themselves can’t foster, they might knowof someone who can.

If someone decides to foster a cat, for example, PALS provides the food and litter, the only thing the foster parent has toprovide is a space in their home for the cat, along with love and affection.

PALS also went over its plans for the coming year and what would be discussed at each of its monthly meetings. For example,in March and April, the Mother’s Day Plant Sale is planned. In June, the society will begin planning the annual Creative HandsCraft Fair. This includes booking the Nakusp Arena’s auditorium and kitchen.

The next meeting for PALS is March 2, at Selkirk College at 7 p.m.