Wild Rose Humane Society takes part in contest for $100,000
The Wild Rose Humane Society (WRHS) is asking for your votes to win the Aviva Community Fund Competition, and a chance to get up to $100,000 for a permanent home for the organization.
“The more votes the better,” said Mayanne Campbell, fundraising director for the society.
The WRHS is hoping to win big with the competition and needs members of the public to vote for their idea on the Aviva website.
“We are entered in the medium budget category, which could see us win $100,000 if we get enough votes from our supporters. Winning that money would allow us to open a shelter within the next six months, once we find a suitable location,” Campbell said.
WRHS currently cannot accept animals because the volunteer-based organization does not have a building to work out of.
“Our immediate goal is to raise the necessary funds so we can provide a much-needed shelter and foster program to help all abandoned, surrendered and abused dogs and cats in the area, as well as other small pets,” the organization states in its idea for the Aviva competition.
The organization began its Give Me Shelter campaign in 2011 in the hopes of raising enough funds to purchase land and build a full-scale shelter. However, Campbell said a project of that scale would realistically cost at least $500,000.
To date, the organization has raised $38,000.
“Without a facility (in place) we can’t get grants and we can’t get a mortgage,” she said.
She said WRHS is now looking for a facility to lease instead of building their own full-scale shelter as originally planned.
“It’s more attainable right now to start with a smaller goal and work up from there,” Campbell said.
The change of gears means the society is now looking to set up a smaller-scale holding and assessment facility where animals can be quarantined and checked out before finding a foster home and eventually finding a forever home or returning them to their owners if possible.
“It would be a huge step in the right direction.”
WRHS hopes the new facility will service the Airdrie to Olds corridor as it currently has to send its found animals to shelters in Calgary, Cochrane and other small rescue organizations that have the capacity to accept more animals.
“We’ve raised about $38,000, so we are getting there,” she said, adding winning the $100,000 would give the organization enough funds to cover operating costs of the smaller facility for at least two years.
The Aviva competition relies on Canadians votes to determine what matters most to them in their communities.
Ninety semi-finalists are determined by the ideas with the most votes from three rounds of voting. From there, 30 finalists are selected via another round of voting. Those 30 ideas are then sent to the Aviva judges to determine the winners.
Voting for the first round ends Oct. 14, and Campbell said she is confident the WRHS idea will make it through to the second round of voting from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4.
The third round of voting takes place from Nov. 11 to 25, and the semi-finals voting runs from Dec. 2 to 11.
The final winners will be announced Jan. 28, 2014.
To vote for WRHS or for more information on the society, visit www.wildrosehumane.ca and click on the Aviva Community Fund Competition “View this Idea” tab.
Voters will be asked to register an email address with the competition on their first visit to the site.
“Please vote, it takes 30 seconds,” Campbell said.