Shopping for the love of pets

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Mother-daughter team Corey and Grace Blakney stand behind the raffle baskets as volunteers to work at the Moose Jaw Humane Society Christmas shop in the Town 'n' Country Mall on Dec. 7, 2013.

This year was the first time Corey Blakney and her daughter Grace worked at the humane society Christmas shop.

But it will probably not be the last.

“These events are very important because all of the proceeds go to help feed and shelter the animals,” said Corey on Saturday. “This is where the Moose Jaw Humane Society, through these events, that’s how they make most of their funds to help the animals.”

The mother-daughter duo had a shift working at the shop on Saturday. The Moose Jaw Humane Society Christmas shop is located adjacent to St. John Ambulance in the Town ‘n’ Country Mall.

“The shop has all sorts of fine crafted things for animals and also for their humans made by volunteers donated,” said Corey. “I think that it’s nice that the Moose Jaw Humane Society has also included some gifts for the humans.”

The shop features a variety of humane society gear such as shirts and Christmas ornaments, tote bags, cat and dog stockings, pet toys and a penny raffle for a number of different baskets.

The shop will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday when it closes for the season. The raffle draws will be made on Saturday. There was also a memorial Christmas tree where individuals could make a $2 donation to hang a tag in memory of a pet or family member. On Saturday, the tree already had quite a few tags hanging on the tree with names written on them.

“There’s all sorts of good stuff for cats, dogs and their people,” said Corey. “There’s all sorts of goodies for the four-legged friends.”

Corey and Grace have only lived in Moose Jaw for a year and a half. Prior to moving here, while in Halifax, N.S., they helped out at the humane society there. For the Moose Jaw Humane Society, they have also volunteered at book sales and do cat cuddling and dog walking.

“We have a dog. His name’s Buddy,” said Grace. “But I like cats way better … “The humane society’s a good place to adopt a pet.”

Corey added the humane society offers the best of both worlds.

“That helps (when) we go to the Moose Jaw Humane Society. (Grace) gets her fill of cats,” said Corey. “Right now they’re full of kitties.”

At the beginning of their shift, Corey said she heard from other volunteers that the shop has been “busier than they thought considering the weather.”

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society Christmas

Geographic location: Country Mall, Moose Jaw, Halifax

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  • Ruth Gibbs
    December 12, 2013 - 23:41

    wow! I am very proud of both of you! keep up the good work! love you both!