By Greg Bennett
The Coast Guard
A graduating Shelburne NSCC student is following a growing tradition of college students helping out the Beulah Burman Memorial Animal Shelter Society.
Sara Albert, an Office Administration student, is conducting her work placement credit with the society and among other duties she’s been busy organizing an auction fundraiser.
Called the Spring into Pets Family Fun Day, the Saturday, May 21 event will be held at the BBMASS centre will feature many items donated from local businesses as well as a barbecue, yard sale and children’s activities.
Albert notes that the auction will feature everything from bushcutters, to locally built dog houses to donated artwork.
“Everyone has been helping out great,” she says. “People are willing to give for the cause.”
Besides organizing the fundraiser, Albert has been busy helping the organization provide its PET Projects program.
“I had to learn a lot in a short time,” she noted.
As part of her duties, Albert has been involved in helping a few homeless and timid cats get used to having people around.
“I can’t resist the animals,” she says. “They’re starting to get used to me now …they were here and needed some love.”
She will be finished her work placement at the end of the month and will be missed say group supporters.
Debra Harvey, of BBMASS, says the student placement has given her organization a much needed boost this spring.
“This time of year our volunteers are in a burnt out state,” said Harvey.
Harvey noted that the Office Procedures Class at the NSCC has been a long time supporter of the society; raising over $10,000 for the organization over the last few years.
The class organizes many events throughout the year including ticket sales, silent auctions, 50/50 draws and special lunches. NSCC students have also made cat food and kitty litter donations when donations to PET Projects were at a low.
“There has been quite a history between us,” said Harvey. “These students help keep us alive.”
The donations from the OIT class play a huge role in a program that sees hundreds of cats being spayed/neutered homeless animals finding families.