Pets put in the spotlight for ICAN’s shelter campaign

The Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) and Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography are teaming up for a new fundraising effort to help out the local animal shelter.

An ICAN visitor plays with one of the resident cats in the outdoor pen.

The Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) and Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography are teaming up for a new fundraising effort to help out the local animal shelter.

ICAN is looking to expand its shelter in order to offer more services and have more facilities for the cats it takes in and houses.

“We’ve outgrown our current location, we need a proper set-up,” said ICAN President Lana Banham.

The District of Invermere has recommended the shelter move to a new location, so ICAN will be looking for a new facility to move into and expand.

“For the new facility, we’re looking for close to the same size, with a similar set-up, but with more animal rooms, outdoor enclosures, kitten and isolation rooms and such,” said Banham of the future, state-of-the-art facility. “This will help section the cats better.”

In the meantime, ICAN will be saving up for a new site, and Sanderson and Banham have put together a fundraising campaign to help ICAN with operating costs and their new, future location.

For a minimum donation of $45, those interested in helping support this cause can book special, professional photo sessions for people or their pets. The sessions will be roughly half an hour, and will take place in Sanderson’s new studio (or Pothole Park).

Included in this photo session are five by seven signature photo prints or a disc with the images, ready to be loaded onto a computer or the web. Additional prints, or larger prints, can also be ordered, with full proceeds going to ICAN all the while.

This special fundraising event and offer is only available for a limited time, from September 24 to October 8.

“I think ICAN is a tremendous asset to the community,” said Sanderson. “It costs a lot for them to operate daily, though, and to save for a new shelter facility, so this is for a great cause.”

As a bonus, portraits will be chosen at random to be featured in ICAN’s 2012 calendar.

“It’s a great benefit to do this for ICAN, and pets are a part of the family, so why not get a nice portrait done?” said Sanderson.

Other photographers willing to volunteer their time to help with the fundraising endeavour are asked to contact Sanderson, and those looking to book a portrait or two can also call Sanderson at 250-342-5102.

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