Broken Pipe Leaves Humane Society with $32K Bill

Broken Pipe Leaves Humane Society with $32K Bill

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Winnipeg Humane Society is facing an unexpected expense after a pipe broke and went unnoticed.

The animal shelter say it’s facing a $32,000 water bill, which has hit its budget extremely hard.

To add to that, the shelter is seeing an increase of animals, requiring it to provide care but with little to no additional funds.

By the end of November, the WHS admitted 8,220 animals, 579 more compared to the first 11 months of 2014.

The shelter says part of the increase is because it takes in other rescues’ most difficult cases because it has the veterinarian clinic to care for animals, and behaviour experts who rehabilitate dogs and help them reach full potential.

“We’ve done great work, but it comes at a cost,” WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky said.

To offset some of the intake, the WHS adopted 4,148 animals by the end of November — surpassing last year’s adoption total of 3,915.

The Winnipeg Humane Society hopes to raise $30,000 by the end of the year.


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