Last week, the Pawsitive Haven Animal Rescue in Carstairs alerted its followers and supporters on social media that it would be closing its doors.
"We were really trying to avoid this post but with the news yesterday of a large rent increase we are unable to keep the building. We have exhausted every option and cannot afford to continue with this physical location," a Facebook post stated.
While the social media post underlined that the rescue would still be in operation, the Pawsitive Play Lounge would cease to exist by the end of the month.
"We have had unimaginable support from our community which makes this the hardest decision for us. However, we hope to have continued support as we move to foster only for the rescue until we can gain our footing back."
Since the announcement, the animal rescue has been frantically looking for emergency fosters for the remaining animals in the shelter and they underlined that anyone who has bookings with the lounge for December through January will have to make alternate plans. From November 2 till the end of the month, on November 29, the daycare will only be charging $20 per animal in hopes to cover closing costs.
However, the rescue did also add in another Facebook post last week that they would be going ahead with their New Year's Eve Party, regardless of the disheartening news.
A gofundme campaign has also been set up for the rescue by a local resident seeking donations to help the rescue stay open.
"I understand that this is a huge ask of the community and animal lovers alike, especially when finances are tight everywhere and inflation is coming in at Mach speed. However, if enough of us give even just $10, we can get there! Even the smallest donation will help our friends at the Pawsitive Haven Animal Rescue through what is hopefully nothing but a hiccup in their journey to making the world a better place for animals in need," a post on the gofundme reads.
The owners of Pawsitive Haven Animal Rescue were not immediately available for comment on the announcement.
Previously, Discover Airdrie reported on how the shelter managed to reunite several puppies with their mother after a harrowing train journey across the provinces.
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