Melissa Devlin, Central Alberta Humane Society fund development co-ordinator, holds Mitch, who is up for adoption, Wednesday afternoon. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

How to win cash and help animals at the same time

Someone will win big money while helping the Central Alberta Humane Society support lost, abandoned and neglected animals.

Tickets for the annual For the Love of Animals lottery have been on sale since December and will be available until Feb. 28. The draw is March 5.

“We’ve held (this lottery) for a couple of years now,” said fund development co-ordinator Melissa Devlin.

“It’s huge for us, because it’s a 50-50 draw. Whatever the winner is taking home, we’re taking for our animals as well. Half of the funds raised are going to our animals in care.”

The maximum cash prize for the 50-50 lottery is $31,250 and the minimum is $12,500. Last year’s lottery winner took home more than $18,000.

“We’re expecting to raise at least that much this year. We’re hoping we can raise a bit more, but with the economy, you never know.

“But if people are able to purchase tickets, we encourage them to do that because, wouldn’t it be nice to win that much money?” she said.

There will also be draws for a second prize of $1,000 and a third prize of $500.

The humane society will be able to use the money in various ways, said Devlin.

“We have our own veterinary clinic in the building. We just got an X-ray machine and blood analysis, which is really exciting for us.

“We’re really going to start to be able to do more extensive veterinary work here, so obviously any funds raised will help with that and the general care of the animals as well,” she said.

“Anything that we raise from fundraisers like this lottery is going to help when we do have those sudden extensive cases that come in to us.”

Devlin said fundraisers like this are important for the society.

“The spring is pretty busy for us because it’s kitten season. But this year, we’ve had kittens … all through the summer, all through the fall, all through the winter. I’m not sure what’s happening this year, but we’ve had a ton of kittens.

“We can have over 100 (adult cats) here at any time. We always have a waiting list, unfortunately, for people who want to surrender cats to us.”

Tickets for the lottery are $25 for one, $50 for three, $75 for five or $100 for eight.

To purchase a ticket, go to or visit the shelter at 4505 77th St. in north Red Deer.

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