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Celebrate saving animals at Okanagan Humane Society event

Get Hooked on OHS this June 15
Hippee and her forever mom will be at the June 15, event.

Get ready for all the affection brought to you by the fuzzy and furry friends of the Okanagan Humane Society, which is celebrating 27 years of rescuing animals across the region.

On June 15, a crowd of caring animal folk will congregate at the Kelowna Yacht Club to Get Hooked on OHS. 

President and board of directors at OHS Romany Runnalls said the event sells out every year, due to an amazing group of animal lovers who are eager to learn more about what the society does. 

“Our guests will get to meet the animals behind the heartwarming stories of rescues, and hear about the life-saving work which is being done throughout the Okanagan Valley,” said Runnalls. 

This event comes at a pinnacle time, as the charity is in the thick of kitten season and furiously working to manage several large rescue efforts, which are taking place at the same time across the Okanagan. 

“All animals (brought into OHS) are placed into volunteer foster care then will be spayed or neutered to stop the breeding, given permanent ID, vaccines and deworming before being available for adoption in a new loving home,” emphasized Runnalls. 

Currently, OHS has more than 220 animals in its care, with 140 of those being kittens and Runnells stated that number is growing every day by the dozen. 

“We will work with our veterinary partners in the valley to ensure all the animals receive the medical care needed and all animals will be fixed,” said Runnalls. 

This time of year is known as kitten season, spring is in the air and baby animals are popping up at every corner. 

And, while cute, the situation can be detrimental as Runnalls stressed the importance of spaying and neutering all animals including pets and community animals. 

“If we can stop the breeding, we can stop the suffering,” said Runnalls. 

On average the cost to rescue one animal for the organization is $300, and given OHS has upwards of 220 pets in care, that bill can tally close to $66,000. 

OHS is encouraging all animal lovers who want to support the work the society is doing to attend its event on June 15. 

Plus, there will be a Kitten Kissing Booth and an opportunity to meet the animals who have been given a second chance thanks to OHS, volunteers, donors and folks who feel pets deserve the best.

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OHS stretches across the valley and has spayed or neutered, as well as treated more than 30,000 animals since 1996.