With the winter season putting the big chill on Winnipeg, animals of all shapes and sizes are pouring into the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) — but even the most charitable can’t adopt them all.
Acknowledging that reality, the WHS has dubbed its end-of-the-year holiday fundraising campaign, which runs until Dec. 31, You Can’t Adopt Them All.
Christine Boult, director of development for the society, said the need for donations is higher than ever this season.
"We’ve had a huge amount of animals in the shelter," Boult said. "We’ve had over 840 animals since Nov. 1 — over 690 cats, and over 150 dogs."
You Can’t Adopt Them All is an online campaign asking for donations for basic WHS operations.
"(Funds will go to) food, general care, behaviour assessments, the clinic, they are getting spayed and neutered - all of these animals - vaccinations," Boult said. "It’s the whole gamut."
Boult said the campaign is aptly named.
"Those numbers are quite staggering," Boult said. "We realize that everyone loves the animals, everyone wants to adopt them all, but obviously you can’t. So we are asking people to do the next best thing."
This is the second year for the online campaign, with some improvements put in place to hopefully raise more funds. Last year, the campaign rose over $30,000, Boult said.
"We’ll be sharing different videos and pictures of animals that are currently in the shelter and just update emails as we go along on how people can help," said Boult. "Each email will highlight something different. So the second email coming out will be a video."
Donors can also start a page to let their network know about the cause.
"So it’s sort of like ‘spread the word,’" Boult said. "If everyone gave $10, their friends might give $10 too."
The target for You Can’t Adopt Them All is set at $50,000, though Boult said they’d love to raise more.
As of Dec. 9, the campaign had raised $14,723. To help out, visit the campaign website.