Local businesswoman opens animal shelter
Friday, Aug 20, 2010 06:00 am
Crossfield residents can rest easier knowing stray animals will be cared for.
Tails to Tell Animal Shelter, located at 903 Mountain Ave., will take in abandoned and rescued animals starting Sept. 1.
Area resident Edna Jackson, who owns Critters pet shop, is the founder of the no-kill policy facility.
“I have wanted to do this for ages,” said Jackson.
“It is an open shelter, we will take anything.”
Construction on the 1,000-square-foot facility is nearing completion, thanks to generous donations of material, time and expertise by local citizens and businesses.
“We have had a ton of stuff donated,” said Jackson.
“The response has been phenomenal. It is not a big place, but at least it is a start.”
Along with labour and materials, Jackson has received hundreds of dollars worth of goods, such as a washer and dryer, bedding, pet food and filing cabinets.
She has many interested volunteers and vet services in place for the shelter.
Jackson, who has loved animals since she was a child, said there is a need for the facility.
She regularly finds abandoned pets dropped off at her store, which she opened four-and-a-half years ago.
“From May 4 to July 31, I had 30 cats and kittens and four dogs dropped off,” said Jackson. “Everybody drops off unwanted pets here because they know I will take them, and do what I can for them and try to find good homes for them.”
Jackson is well known for her love of animals.
She has rescued dogs and cats living at her farm west of Crossfield and adopted a number of strays that live in her store.
Although Jackson loves her animals, she would rather people stay committed to their pets.
“I think, for a lot of them, it is a novelty, and when the novelty wears off, they want to get rid of it (their pet),” said Jackson.
“Its life depends on you, and if you aren’t committed to that life, then please don’t take it.”
For more information on the shelter, to make a donation or to purchase 50/50 tickets in support of the facility, contact Jackson at 403-946-0011.