Well the year has flown by and it is once again the last month of the year.

I love Christmas, even though it tends to be a hectic time of year. It is a time to reflect on the blessings we have been given and those closest to us.

It is also often the time when our thoughts turn to those less fortunate than us and the ways we can be of help to others, both human and animal.

As many of you may already know, there are several non-profit organizations in the Yukon that have a focus on animals. One which uses animals to help people is the Freedom Trails Therapeutic Riding Association.

This wonderful program uses horses to help many people with disabilities exercise both their physical and mental muscles in new and engaging ways.

The centre is run by Judy Fortin and she can be reached at 668-5911 or by mail at Box 20054, Whitehorse Yukon, Y1A-7A2.

Once again The Feed Store/Pet Junction on Quartz Road is holding its annual fundraiser to support the two Humane Society shelters in the territory. It is now taking donations of food, cash, treats and toys. Everything that is donated will be matched by The Feed Store, then the donations will be divided between the Dawson City Shelter and the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter in Whitehorse and delivered on Christmas Eve or right after Christmas.

Donations can also be made directly to the two Humane Societies.

The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter can be reached at 633-6019 or #126 Tlingit Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6J2.

The Humane Society of Dawson Shelter is at 993-6900, P.O. Box 1143, Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B 1G0.

Both these shelters work tirelessly year round to take in animals that would otherwise be abandoned and find them new, loving homes.

If by chance you are interested in adding a new member to your family, both organizations can be reached at these phone numbers. They also have websites which show some of the animals that they have available for adoption.

The Whitehorse shelters’ website is www.humanesocietyyukon.ca and the Dawson Shelter finds its home at www.petfinder.com/shelters/YT01.html.

Contact Jaime Hanna with your questions at crittertalk101@hotmail.com.

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