St. Paul Animal Shelter Update


Land has been purchased; need funds for building.

The animal shelter in St. Paul, AB is homeless. Shelter manager Krystal Cardinal has been working from an office in the Community Futures building because a storm in the summer of 2016 caused flooding in their previous shelter. The water damage and mold was so extensive they lost the building. All the animals at the old shelter were transferred to other shelters in Alberta, some as far as Edmonton.

Until they get a new shelter, the staff cannot take in any animals. “Right now it’s cat season. We’ve been turning people away and telling them to go to different shelters. But if those shelters are overcapacity, they have to go elsewhere”, explains Cardinal. Before the flood, the shelter had raised $92,000. Since the flood, that number has raised to $120,000. Cardinal says the new location for the shelter will be located about five to ten minutes out of town by the Lafond turn off.

They do have the land already, but not a building. “The old building was 2000 square feet and held seventeen dog kennels and twenty cat kennels, but we are hoping to expand,” said Cardinal. Because the shelter is non-profit, Cardinal and the board are always thinking of ways to fund raise to cover expenses such as animal shots, spaying and neutering and de-worming. “We want to break ground this spring,” says Cardinal.

The shelter’s next fund raiser is being held on Saturday, May 13 at the St. Paul soccer fields. Woofstock is an evening musical festival with a sixties theme. DJ Norm Noel will be providing the entertainment. The 18+ event will have dancing, a beer garden, prizes for best dressed, and food from the Too Cheezy food truck from Vegreville, AB. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door. Cardinal is also selling beer fridge raffle tickets for $5.00.