By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
While there are some people in the county that can cruelly abandon helpless animals there is an equal number of people who are doing all they can to rescue, bring back to health and find good homes for these animals.
The Beulah Berman Animal Society (BBMAS) has been working in partnership with the community to meet the needs of abandoned cats.
The group has a very limited number of volunteers and rely on the efforts of the community to provide for the cats.
Often a cat will be brought to the temporary shelter and will need socializing, food and often be brought back from the brink of death.
Clients at Heritage Hall have offered their hearts to the needy animals as well as their time.
Each day, five days a week four dedicated volunteers will travel to the animal shelter to give love and food to the cats until they are ready to be adopted.
Harold Doane, Tobi Krafve, Dale Stewart and Wilma Hopkins recently were given certificates of appreciation by BBMAS last week.
“We couldn’t do it without them said,” Deborah Harvey, volunteer at BBMAS. “This is a very valuable partnership.
Phillip Dunham, one of the vocational program instructors for Heritage Hall, said that the clients really enjoyed being able to care for the cats.
“This is their chance to give back to the community,” he said.
In the last year alone, the group has cared for and helped back to health 30 abandoned cats.
Their work to bridge the timid and sometimes wild cats back to trusting people has helped put every cat into a caring home.
“It takes a long while to build the cats’ trust back up,” said Harvey.
The clients at Heritage Hall have dedicated themselves to help out the community where there is a big need for volunteers.
In addition to volunteering at the shelter they also help to collect and deliver food and litter at the Sobey’s drop box.
“I love cuddling and giving love to the cats,” said Krafve as she reached out to feed one of the cats that is coming out of his shell with the positive attention she gives.