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PHOTOS: Prince George Humane Society to host grand reopening celebration

Check out the newly-renovated adoption centre during Saturday special event

The Prince George Humane Society is getting reading to celebrate its new look.

When the shelter was closed for COVID-19, the Society decided to use the time to make some renovations that would better facilitate adoption rooms and programing post-pandemic.

Now, it'll be celebrating its grand reopening this Saturday (Aug. 1), with a social-distance friendly event.

“We are going to be doing a doggy car wash. Volunteers will be helping out with that. We are going to be doing kids crafts,” says projects coordinator Katelyn Steeves.

“We are welcoming the public back into the space here.”

The public will be able to explore the newly renovated themed adoption rooms and have a photo with Chance (the shelter mascot) while getting their dogs washed by donation thanks to Furr Dogz.

There will also be a cake, lemonade, crafts, and activities for the kids. Everyone who attends will be able to enter their name to win a Prince George Humane Society SWAG basket.

The Humane Society’s Cane Corso, Major, who recently recovered from expensive knee surgery, will also be making a special guest appearance.

Steeves says the renovations were done to help facilitate the Humane Society’s reading program.

“We are implementing a reading program that we’ve named Tales for Rescue Readers and we are going to be bringing in children with any level of reading challenge whether it’s confidence, a stutter, or if they are autistic or just need a safe place to read,” says Steeves.

“They will have the chance to read to these animals in a safe space and in turn the shelter animals get love and it teaches kids empathy.”

The newly renovated action rooms feature themes like art, space or rainbow and there will also be a vet tech room where children will have the opportunity to learn all about taking an animal to the vet.

The shelter will resume regular operating hours starting Saturday, but appointments will need to be made for groups larger than five persons in order to maintain occupancy limits.

The society also asks that physical distancing measures be maintained. In terms of Saturday’s grand reopening, it takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Unit 11-1839 1 Ave.