Stop by Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven for their open house June 29

Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Open House 10th Anniversary is on June 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Chilliwack Central Road

Stop by the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Open House on June 29 to get a tour, check out the garage sale or make a donation.

It’s been a decade since Safe Haven opened its doors on Chilliwack Central Road to save homeless cats, said Ena Vermerris, one of the founders, a retired nurse.

“We’re still here 10 years later,” she says.

It’s because Safe Haven is seen as a positive influence in the community, Vermerris says.

“Hopefully the open house event might result in people showing up who are interested in volunteering, or offering suitable homes for adoptions,” she says.

They even pay the vet costs for low-income pet owners sometimes.

“When an animal is in need, we try to help as much as we can. We help people and they appreciate it.”

There is a great need for their spay/neuter program, and they’ve paid for a total of 3,563 cats in the past decade, and 61 dogs to be spayed or neutered. They’ve adopted out 939 cats and 56 dogs, although the shelter is strictly for cats only.

Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Open House 10th Anniversary, June 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 49843 Chilliwack Central Road, www.thesafehaven.ca or  604-794-SAFE (7233).