Decision over Creston’s PAWS should be based on facts, not hearsay

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To the Editor:

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of discussion and misinformation in regards to the Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS) and the alternative approval process (AAP) for funding. One of the misconceptions was that some of the funding would be used to pay volunteers, and a recent letter just added fuel to the fire.

In my opinion, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) directors have recognized that the majority of the public had no idea why this decision had been initiated and that the taxpayers needed a better understanding as to why and what the alternative may have been. If you were one of the businesses that hosted the APP form, or if you signed the form, I would hope that over the next few months you take advantage of any meetings held by RDCK directors and get the facts as to why this proposal had been made.

On a brighter note, a woman who overheard a conversation in a local restaurant regarding PAWS was so disheartened that she and her children showed up at the shelter and made a sizable donation. A pickup truck full of containers was donated at Columbia Bottle Recycle, and the society now has one more volunteer. Last month, I wrote a cheque for $1,005.35 to PAWS for bottles that were donated over the last four months, and thanks to many supporters, today I wrote a cheque for $755.65 for the last 30 days.

Get informed over this proposal and vote based on facts, not hearsay.

Dave Fowler