FVHS looking for space for a thrift store

The local cat shelter wants to start the store to help offset costs

The Fraser Valley Humane Society (FVHS) wants to open a thrift store to help keep the only cat shelter in Mission open, but it’s hoping a generous person will donate the space.

Kathy Hamm, owner of Whiskers Pet Services and a volunteer at the shelter, says the FVHS is in dire need of a regular income. That’s why she came up with the idea of opening a charity thrift store, which the FVHS would operate as a non-profit, with all proceeds going to keeping paws warm and felines well-fed.

“It’s been a dream of mine to open up a thrift store to make money for the shelter because it would give them a regular income, so when you hit these crises you’re not struggling.”

Hamm is referring to the combined crisis of a down economy where fewer people are adopting cats with the fact the shelter has been packed to capacity this year.

Adoptions have been down from traditional levels and the FVHS has had to foster kittens out because of the surplus.

Hamm says the shelter is a real benefit to the community, not just to the animals but the two-legged kind as well.

“It’s proven that seniors live longer just because they have a pet that needs them. It’s a people issue, too.”

To stay afloat while they wait for a donated space, the FVHS is asking for people to donate. Donations are tax deductible and the FVHS is a registered charity.

As well, you can bring your furry companion to a Santa Paws open house and barbecue at 33121 North Railway Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 to take a photo with your cat and Santa Claus. Photos are $5 by minimum donation with all proceeds going to the FVHS animal rescue.

They’re also holding a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prospera Credit Union on Dec. 9.

If anyone has space they can donate, either for free or low rent, contact Cathy Hamm at 604-820-0939. Cash donations for the shelter are also desperately needed. Visit www.fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 604-820-2977 for more information.