BY BILL PHILLIPS
It was a rather incredible week for Nicola Redpath and the Prince George Animal Rescue Society last week.
First the society was given $14,000 from Prince George’s newest charitable giving organization 100 Heroes, organized by Colin Breadner. Then the Animal Rescue Society picked up a sling of lumber and fence posts from Brink Forest Products, part of that company’s commitment to the society of $50,000 in cash and materials over a five-year period.
“It’s a huge game changer for us,” said Redpath of the two donations. “We were just talking about sitting down and figuring out what we were going to do with everything and organizing our schedules so we can make things happen.”
One of things she and partner Grant Stubley were talking about was an automated watering system for the facility in Pineview, which they will now be able to afford.
“It will streamline everything so much,” she said. “The watering takes a lot of time so (an automated watering system) will free up time to do all the other stuff that needs to be done.”
That other stuff includes more fencing and dog kennel shelter, which is where the lumber donation comes into place. It’s the third year of a five-year, $50,000 commitment from Brink Forest Products.
“It’s very exciting,” said John Brink, founder and CEO of the Brink Group of Companies. “They do such an amazing job for animal rescue. They are immensely committed. It’s always a delightful thing for us to be part of it.”
Currently Prince George Animal Rescue has four rescue horses (five if you count the one Redpath saved from the meat auction in Quesnel on the weekend), which brings the entire herd to 17 horses. They also have 12 dogs, a gigantic pig, and nine cats.
“We’re very busy for dogs,” said Redpath.
The dog kennel shelter will be the first item on the agenda.