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PRESS RELEASE

July 4, 2003

11:00 AM – City Hall – Mayor’s Office

Mr. Ken Boshcoff and Mrs. Lyn McLeod, as Trustees of The Keri Chase Foundation are please to provide a $5,000.00 contribution to Judy Atkinson (Manager) and Judy Decicco (Secretary) of The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society for use in their spay and neutering program.  The funds were mainly raised over the past year through a mail out appeal campaign, a fund raising social and the sale of framed prints and writing cards.

The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society has maintained a spay and neutering program to reduce the number of unwanted pets and ultimately the pain and suffering those pets will meet.  The Society tries to spay and neuter as many animals as possible but unfortunately due to the lack of funds, cannot get them all done.  This contribution will enable them to expand their program and provide the new pet owners a small rebate once their animal has been spayed or neutered.

The Foundation is a registered Charitable Foundation and was formed on February 21, 2002 in memory of Keri Coleen Chase, who died in a tragic auto accident on November 24, 2001.  Keri was born in Thunder Bay and through her short life of 42 years was forever salvaging injured and stray animals and birds of every description and either finding them homes, or returning them to the wild from which they came.  At the age of 14, she had her first colt to save and since then, it has been a steady stream of animals that needed her, and her undemanding love.  Her love of animals has been an inspiration to everyone that knew her.

The purpose of the Foundation is to build a fund, the income from which will be used to provide financial assistance to qualified donees providing care and shelter to stray, lost and injured domestic animals, birds and wildlife.  The Trustees would like to build a fund over the next number of years in order to impact on a major project of animal welfare in the name of the Foundation.