Remembering pets over the holiday

Austin M.
Austin M. Davis
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Char Lewchak has volunteered for the Moose Jaw Humane Society for a couple of years. On Saturday, she worked the store at the Town 'N' Country Mall where the memorial tree was set up.

The humane society offered a way to make coping with death just a little more bearable.

There was a memorial Christmas tree set up at the Moose Jaw Humane Society’s (MJHS) Christmas Shelter Shop in the Town ‘N’ Country Mall. For $2, people could write the name of their beloved pet or family member on a tag and hang it on the tree.

“The tree was almost full when I was up there last night closing up. There wasn’t much space left that didn’t have a green ornament on it,” said Dawn Cardell, humane society fundraising coordinator.

“It’s just a way for them to show their support for the humane society and another way to remember a loved one that they’ve lost,” Cardell said.

Though $2 isn’t a large amount, Cardell said those donations add up in a hurry.

“Not everybody has a lot of money at this time of year,” she said.

The Christmas season is good to the humane society, Cardell said. In lieu of gifts, some people will make donations to the MJHS under the recipient’s name.

Setting up the Christmas Shelter Shop at the mall every year keeps the humane society in the public consciousness.

The shop was open for three weekends, and now it’s over.

Cardell said it was a great success.

“We had a lot of pet items, of course,” she said. “A lot of handicrafts people donated like mitts and scarves.”

The humane society was also selling items like shirts, hats, coffee mugs and tote bags. From pottery bowls, handmade toys, bath salts, quilted wall hangs and beautiful jewelry, the shop had something for everyone.

“We had an outpouring of donated items, which is something that we tried new this year, besides selling our own humane society merchandise,” Cardell said.

The shop was staffed completely by dedicated volunteers and all proceeds went directly to helping animals in Moose Jaw.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society, Christmas Shelter Shop at

Geographic location: Country Mall, Moose Jaw

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