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Wild Rose Humane Society to host benefit concert

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 12:18 pm

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The Wild Rose Humane Society (WRHS) is gearing up for its Give Me Shelter Benefit Concert on Jan. 17, at the Bert Church Live Theatre.

The concert will feature performances by country music artists Dani-Lynn from Olds, Tanya Ryan from Okotoks, Sarah Beth Keeley from Calgary and Blake Reid from Cremona.

“They’re all really, really good,” said WRHS Fundraising Director Mayanne Campbell of the performers.

The event is $15 per ticket, which includes all taxes and fees, with all proceeds going towards the WRHS Give Me Shelter campaign. The campaign is part of the WRHS efforts to establish an animal shelter for injured, lost and abandoned animals in the Airdrie to Olds corridor.

Currently, there is no animal shelter specifically for this area and found pets have to be redirected to shelters in Calgary, Cochrane and other small rescue organizations that have the capacity to accept these animals.

Originally when the Give Me Shelter campaign began in 2011, the hope was to purchase land and build a new shelter for the group. However, Campbell soon realized the task of raising enough funds to accomplish this goal, estimated at about $500,000, was a daunting one.

The WRHS has changed gears and is now raising funds in order to lease 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 return to their owners if possible.

“We’re still looking for that perfect lease spot,” Campbell said.

She said to-date the organization has raised about $55,000 of the original $200,000 goal.

“Our biggest goal is to provide shelter, foster homes and forever homes for these animals,” Campbell said. “It’s completely doable. I have faith.”

She said with temperatures falling below the freezing mark and all the snow we’ve received so far this winter, she has trouble sleeping on the really cold nights because she said she knows there are homeless animals out there that are dying.

Campbell said the shelter would give animals “the love, warmth and help they so desperately need.”

The concert will include two 90-minute sets of music with Mayor Peter Brown acting as the master of ceremonies.

“We’re hoping for a packed house,” Campbell said.

She said the artists will also be selling their CDs and WRHS will have some items for sale at the event as well.

“It’s a night of great music,” she said. “Help us support the animals.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wildrosehumane.ca


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