Flood prevention project leaves West Kootenay cat rescue group in limbo

The operator of a cat shelter in B.C.’s West Kootenay is frantically looking for a new dwelling for the furry felines before becoming ordered to shift out to make way for a significant flood avoidance job.

The Boundary Helping Palms Feline Rescue Society in Grand Forks, B.C., was authorized to rent a dilapidated, city-owned household in the North Ruckle neighbourhood in March, right after months of operating out of an RV. 

But the volunteer-operate team ought to go away the building by June 30, due to the fact houses in the neighbourhood will have to be demolished in preparing for the development of enormous dikes together the Kettle River.

Immediately after a devastating flood in 2018, the federal and provincial governments committed a $50 million bundle to help Grand Forks get well — which consists of income to buy out homes that sit on the flood simple, as nicely as funding for flood security projects.

A mix of river water and sewage swamped the suburb of Ruckle in Grand Forks in May perhaps, 2018. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

According to town files, all the influenced residential constructions acquired by the city will have to be eliminated by the finish of the year, in get for the metropolis to continue with the jobs.

On Monday, town council voted not to extend the lease for the cat rescue group past June.

“We have deadlines to fulfill beneath the grant system that we’re involved in with the federal and the provincial governments,” Mayor Brian Taylor told council. “If we overlook all those deadlines — in specific with the federal cash — we could stand to eliminate significant quantities of that grant.”

The cat rescue group’s president, Kimberly Feeny, says she has been exploring for a long-lasting spot, but council’s choice nevertheless caught her off guard.

“[We’re] just hoping and praying we could keep a very little more time, but that is not the case,” she explained to Chris Walker, the host of CBC’s Daybreak South. “Now we are very determined at this stage.”

“I’m basically just going all over the vacant properties and hoping to uncover out who owns them and if it would be a feasible place to transfer our fuzzy tiny fellas to,” she went on. “We are freaking out a little.”

Feeny suggests there are currently additional than 40 cats and kittens in her shelter, and additional than 40 felines have been adopted out since the group was founded in December.

“We did not be expecting to acquire in this numerous cats in these kinds of a limited period of time,” she reported. “It is a large endeavour, but it seriously demands to be performed.” 

Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor says his council has been scrambling to lookup for a put to accommodate the Boundary Serving to Fingers Feline Rescue Society. (Grandforks.ca)

The mayor claims council has been scrambling to find a put to accommodate the cat rescue organization.

Feeny is inquiring the area community to occur ahead with a brick-and-mortar site to house the cats.

“The RV is even now practical. That being reported, in this temperature, I you should not know if I’d experience comfy putting anybody in there.

“We have had a lot of locals volunteer to foster, but spreading the cats out to 50 different locations … it can be likely to be tricky for me to maintain track of almost everything,” she claimed.

Tap the connection beneath to hear Kimberley Feeny’s job interview on Daybreak South:

Daybreak South8:24The Boundary Encouraging Hands Feline Rescue in Grand Forks is desperately looking for a new area

The team has right until the finish of June to discover a new place as their present-day short-term shelter is slated for demolition 8:24