Key to new Kitimat animal shelter handed over to District

Looking for Love Animal Shelter Society completes its work


A two-and-a-half year community effort to build a new animal shelter in Kitimat has finally come full circle.

The Looking for Love Animal Shelter Society, which was formed to raise funds for the new facility, has completed its work and turned over the building to the District of Kitimat.

The society's Yvonne Lee says completion of the new animal shelter would not have been possible without significant financial support. 

"Work in-kind and materials from the community, contractors and individuals, was $397,923 which is amazing. And the total value of this project is $1,179,982.

"I think we have one of the best facilities in the region, if not the best, and it will stand good for years to come."

At Monday's council meeting, Lee handed over the key to the facility to Mayor Joanne Monaghan, who says she's never seen the community rally around a project like the way it did for this one.

Kim Siepmann of Siepmann Construction volunteered his services as the general contractor.

The District will now take care of maintenance at the facility, which is being leased to the Kitimat Humane Society.