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'It somehow touched people:' High River animal shelter saved after public plea

A crowd-funded campaign created by one of the volunteers has raised more than $100,000.

Rescued kittens are lifted from a pet carrier by Debbie Pedersen at the Room to Run Boarding Kennels south of High River, Alberta on June 26, 2013. A southern Alberta animal shelter which provided a safe haven for four-legged refugees during the 2013 floods has been saved.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage

Rescued kittens are lifted from a pet carrier by Debbie Pedersen at the Room to Run Boarding Kennels south of High River, Alberta on June 26, 2013. A southern Alberta animal shelter which provided a safe haven for four-legged refugees during the 2013 floods has been saved.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — A southern Alberta animal shelter which provided a safe haven for four-legged refugees during the 2013 floods has been saved.

The Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation, located just a few kilometres from High River, Alta., was close to shutting its doors due to a lack of money.

Owner Kim Hessel says she had cashed in the last of her investments to keep the shelter afloat but it was only enough to keep the place going until December.

But a crowdsourcing campaign created by one of the volunteers has now brought in $102,000.

Hessel says people have also been bringing in money, dropping off food supplies and sending cash through e-transfers.

She says the shelter is now safe for at least a year which will give it time to get charity status, making fundraising easier.