A southern Alberta animal shelter that rescued pets during the 2013 flood has itself been rescued.
Kim Hessel, owner of the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation near High River, cashed the last of her investments to keep the shelter afloat. Even so, she feared she would have to close before the end of the year. After a volunteer raised $102,000 through a GoFundMe campaign,however, Hessel says she’ll be open at least one more year. “I honestly anticipated we’d have to shut down by December, probably even sooner, frankly. There would have been just not enough to keep going. So to feel such sadness that I couldn’t make it fly to–in four days–feeling like ‘Oh my God, all the opportunities now are ahead of us.’ It’s been this huge roller-coaster.”
Hessel says she will be seeking charity status for the organization.