Doors opening at sanctuary

Chelsea Powrie

Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland is holding an open house event to try and pair some of its residents with forever homes. 

Both kittens and adult cats will be available for adoption, with staff on hand to talk to people about what they are looking for in a pet. 

"We're really excited, we have a lot of adult cats from the age of two all the way up to five who are looking for forever homes," said Jess Byer, Critteraid animal director. 

She said many of the adult cats come from traumatic origins, meaning their temporary home at Critteraid is the perfect place for them to be adopted and meet potential families, where they are comfortable. 

They also have several kittens available, who will be making the trek into Penticton to PetSmart on Saturday and Sunday for additional adoption events. 

Friday's open house will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the sanctuary. 

"All we ask is that everybody calls by Thursday evening by about 7 p.m., just so we have an amount of how many people are coming through," Byer said, adding that especially for the shyer cats, an overwhelming amount of people can be frightening. 

She said one-on-one interviews with staff members will be available, so they can find the cat that fits best with each person. 

"It gives us a good chance to understand and ask the right questions," Byer said. "We're sure we'll find your forever friend."

To RSVP to Friday's event, call Byer at 250-488-3226, who will provide directions to the sanctuary. 

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