Community meeting set Dec. 9 on ARF regional animal shelter proposal

— The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) will host an informational meeting Dec. 9 for those looking to be involved in the creation of a regional animal shelter

The public meeting runs next Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Soltman Center, 700 West Main Street, Grangeville.

According to ARF, the meeting will discuss the community benefit of creating a shelter, and how to get involved. This presentation is geared toward those interested in protecting the welfare of abandoned and abused pets by providing care, shelter and spay and neuter to prevent future unwanted pets; and securing adoptive homes for pets and support community awareness of ethical treatment of animals.

“If you would like learn more about the creation of a regional animal shelter, you should attend,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC and ARF president. “If you, or someone you know, are concerned about the welfare of abandoned, abused or unwanted pets, you should attend.”

Attendees can talk with ARF board members starting at 5 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 5:30. The presentation will include an overview of the project, a visioning of the shelter, the benchmarks presented to the City of Grangeville, an explanation of what working committees are needed, and what needs to be accomplished over the next few years to get the shelter built and running. An opportunity to sign-up will be held after the meeting for those interested in volunteering, serving on a committee or joining the ARF board.

Donate to building a shelter online through ARF’s fund at http://bit.ly/donatetoarf, or mailed to P.O. Box 393, Grangeville, ID 83530. Donations are 501c3 tax deductible through a partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation.

For information: Melisa Bryant, 983-8302, melisa@ida-lew.org. Find ARF online at arfshelter.org or at facebook.com/arfshelter.org.

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