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Saving Grace Animal Society is gearing up for the Ties & Tails Gala

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Staff at the Alix-based Saving Grace Animal Society are gearing up for the Ties & Tails Gala on Feb. 24 — a means of generating funds and continuing to raise awareness about the facility’s increased demand for services.

Highlights of the evening, to be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, include a performance by Reed Salmon, presentations highlighting 2023, dinner, drinks, and the company of like-minded animal lovers, noted a release.

Dinner is vegetarian-friendly with vegan options available.

There will also be raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 and more.

“Our main performer for the night is Reed Salmon. He’s from the Lacombe area and he has also become very involved in animal rescue, and advocating for a lot of different rescues in Central Alberta,” said Amanda McClughan, co-executive director.

“This is our first event like this, and we want it to become an annual thing,” she said.

“We chose it for February so we could also really go over our last year in detail, and be able to educate those at the event about what our last year looked like.

“We want to talk about the things that we overcame, and what are plans for this year are, too.

“We are of course also wanting to raise funds to help us get through this year.”

As a non-profit society focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of animals in need throughout central Alberta and beyond, SGAS relies upon the donations of supporters to help pay for substantial monthly medical bills for animals in its care.

“We are excited to get everyone in one room — all of our supporters and our donors — and to be able to go in-depth on what our year looked like, and to talk about our accomplishments and the work that we are doing in the community,” she explained.

Things continue to be very busy at the facility.

“It’s been a steady flow. We are operating at a maximum capacity all of the time,” she said.

“We don’t have enough space to bring in all of the animals that we are getting calls about as well.

“So we are kind of in the same boat. Adoptions are still a little bit slow, just with it being this time of year, too, so we are hoping that towards mid-February things will start to pick up again,” she said.

Looking back over 2023, the push to develop a veterinary clinic to serve SGAS specifically in Alix began with the launch of Phase 1 of the project, which involved the acquisition of land next to the rescue shelter.

With fundraising pushes and generous donations, Phase 2 saw the construction of the building exterior, and the structure has been put up adjacent to SGAS.

“We finished Phase 2, so right now we are trying to pay off the last bit of Phase 2, and then we will go back to fundraising for Phase 3 and will be moving onto that,” she said.

Once Phase 3 is complete, SGAS will move to Phase 4, which is the final step in the journey to establish sustainable veterinary care for SGAS.

“We were also able to do quite a few mass cat clinics last year as well,” she said, and adoptions for 2023 topped out at about 2,000.

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Mark Weber

About the Author: Mark Weber

I've been a part of the Black Press Media family for about a dozen years now, with stints at the Red Deer Express, the Stettler Independent, and now the Lacombe Express.
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