Cat defenders Kimberly Feeny (left) and Zeke Sijohn (centre) stand beside Councillor Neil Krog after signing a lease at city hall for the Boundary Helping Hands’ cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Cat defenders Kimberly Feeny (left) and Zeke Sijohn (centre) stand beside Councillor Neil Krog after signing a lease at city hall for the Boundary Helping Hands’ cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ city hall leases vacant home for cat shelter

Boundary Helping Hands’ Chair Kimberly Feeny said the shelter hopes to start adopting cats soon

Grand Forks is one step closer to getting a designated cat shelter, thanks to the hard work of a non-profit society and a city councillor who wanted to help neighbourhood strays.

Kimberly Feeny, who has long led efforts to help city and regional district area cats, recently made headlines when she and her friends rescued a colony of 20 feral cats from a rural Grand Forks property. Now the chair of the Boundary Helping Hands Feline Rescue Society (Helping Hands), Feeny said the organization plans to temporarily set up shop at a flood-damaged vacant home they recently leased from city hall.

WATCH: Kootenay women working to rescue 20 cats in feral colony

The home at 6932 2nd St. was recently broken into by people who left it a mess. Meanwhile, the water damaged structure is probably headed for demolition this summer, according to Justin Dinsdale, who oversees the North Ruckle buyout program that acquired the home.

“As long as we’ve got clean rooms for the cats, that’s all we need,” Feeny said, who set about cleaning the place up with society member Zeke Sijohn.

Boundary Helping Hands’ Zeke Sijohn (left) high-fives Chairperson Kimberly Feeny outside the society’s soon-to-be cat shelter on Grand Forks’ 2nd Street on Thursday, March 4. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Boundary Helping Hands’ Zeke Sijohn (left) high-fives Chairperson Kimberly Feeny outside the society’s soon-to-be cat shelter on Grand Forks’ 2nd Street on Thursday, March 4. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Feeny said Helpings Hand needed to move after a ring-worm scare at its current digs — a heated RV outside Feeny’s home. The rescues turned out not have ring worm, but the prospect of having to quarantine infected cats underscored the need for more space, she explained.

Councillor Krog, who owns four cats with his wife Andrea, said he helped Feeny pitch Helping Hands’ plan to eventually move into the animal shelter on Donaldson Drive, which operates under the auspices of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB). Meanwhile, he helped Feeny work out the society’s lease which she signed at city hall Thursday, March 4.

The city granted the lease on the conditions that Helping Hands provide for water and electricity at the temporary shelter and take out liability insurance for the property. Krog said he would pay for FortisBC to turn the electricity back on. He was still negotiating an insurance policy as of Thursday afternoon.

The shelter will start arranging adoptions by appointment once volunteers have finished fixing up the home, Feeny said. The society charges $150 per adoption, which Feeny said doesn’t cover the roughly $200 veterinary bill for cats’ spaying/neutering and de-worming. Many rescued cats need further treatment before they can be adopted out, which Feeny said is also very costly.

The society plans to raise funds through a silent auction via Facebook later this spring, she said.


 

@ltritsch1
laurie.tritschler@grandforksgazette.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


laurie.tritschler@boundarycreektimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Animal Sheltersanimal welfareCatsGrand Forks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
67 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty people in the region are hospitalized with the virus, 11 of whom are intensive care

An animal carrier full of bullet holes and containing a dead animal was found near Castlegar. Photo: Colleen Schwartz
Castlegar woman finds dead animal inside carrier riddled with bullet holes

The remains were discovered near Syringa Creek Provincial Park

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
211 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

Currently, there are 875 active cases of the virus in the region

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. As of April 19, more than 230,000 doses have been administered across the Interior Health region. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
More than 230K doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered across Interior Health

A total of 220,216 first doses and 13,775 second doses have been given to residents across the B.C. Interior

Four homes in Johnson Flats were at serious risk of falling into a neighbourhood section of the Kettle River, according to capital project manager Justin Dinsdale. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks shields riverside homes against erosion

Crews have built a modified dike along a section of the Kettle River in Johnson Flats

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)
Man arrested in incident at Canada-U.S. border near Roosville

A man who crossed the border illegally was apprehended by U.S. officials

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read