The City of Grand Forks may have found a new home for the Boundary’s only cat shelter.
City councillor Neil Krog says he and representatives from the Boundary Helping Hands Feline Rescue Society recently toured a city-owned home in North Ruckle that was among those damaged in the floods of 2018.
“It’s not finalized but they were thrilled with the size of the house,” Krog says. “One of the ladies commented when we walked into one of the rooms that the room was the size of the shelter they’re in now. And there are a lot more rooms, too.”
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get it to where it should be, but it could be a permanent home for them.”
The society’s lease on its current home, a converted 500-square foot garage at another flood-damaged property in Johnson Flats, runs out at the end of June. The society is looking for something larger as they cope with a large influx of cats.
Krog says council has agreed to hold the proposed space for them, but there are some logistics to work out around utilities. The cost of realigning the sewer once the new dike goes in is the biggest question mark, something that will likely be address at the first council meeting in April.
If they do get the go ahead, Krog says it will be up to the community to provide the big volunteer effort needed to renovate the home. He notes the society already relies on volunteers and donations, but will need extra help with electrical, plumbing, drywall, gardening, and general cleanup.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get it to where it’s capable of being used to care for the cats,” Krog says. However, he added that he does not expect the house will have to be moved unless something changes with the alignment of the dike.
The society’s AGM this month heard that they raised $85,000 last year, of which $53,000 was spent on veterinary care. It helped almost 300 cats last year and found permanent homes for 227. So far this year it has found homes for more than 30 cats.