The Warmland Shelter makes good use of two sleeping cabins donated by the Cowichan Housing Society.
Warmland is converting the two cabins, which were used in the community’s homeless-only sites, into pet enclosures for people staying at the shelter.
Lise Haddock, executive director of Warmland, said many homeless people won’t take shelter if it means leaving their pets out in the cold.
She said that by providing the pet enclosures, everyone can have a safe, warm and dry place to sleep.
“We are almost done renovating the cabins which will have lights, heat and separate pet areas for crates and wrap-around fencing,” Haddock said.
“We have a cabin for dogs and one for cats, and we have storage space for pet supplies.”
Haddock said Warmland anticipates pet enclosure usage will be small at first, but could expand as shelter guests learn about the service.
She said once the pet enclosures are fully operational, Warmland will post photos with a message about their purpose.
“Thank you to everyone who donated to support the construction of the pet enclosures,” Haddock said.