According to the Municipal Dog Pound board meeting minutes for April 28, found in the Faraday Township council agenda package for their meeting on June 1, the dog pound is undergoing some renovations and repairs at the behest of the pound keeper Julie Kamyk and the authorization of the municipal dog pound board, including new tarps to cover the outside kennels, fixing up the concrete pad and replacing the sign posts to install the pound’s new sign.
Kamyk has been the municipal dog pound keeper for the past 16 years, and the dog pound she works for has been taking in homeless, lost or abandoned dogs in Bancroft and the surrounding area since October 16, 1975. This year will mark their 47th anniversary. According to Brenda Vader-Card, the secretary treasurer of the Municipal Dog Pound Board, the first meeting of their board was on that date back in the mid-1970’s. All these years later, the municipal pound is still doing great work keeping all dogs found safe, reuniting them with their owners, or adopting them out to new homes. The Faraday municipal dog pound is open from Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., but it is closed on Sundays and holidays. They are located at 326 Monck Road RR#3 in Faraday Township. Their phone number is 613-332-2755 and they can be found online at www.faraday.ca/municipal-dog-pound/.
Kamyk says that she had noticed one day that a couple of things around the municipal dog pound could be fixed up, including putting a roof over the outside kennels, fixing up some cracks on the concrete pad, removing an old section of concrete.
At the April 28 municipal dog pound board meeting, the chair Cecil Ryall advised the board that he’d spoken with Kamyk about these fixups and the need to have the posts replaced for the new dog pound signage. After discussing it, the board agreed to have Kamyk go ahead with the repairs as long as they were within budget and within the limits of the township’s procurement bylaw.
Kamyk confirms that she is doing the repairs herself and that the only thing she can’t do is putting the sign back up when the sign posts are replaced. She estimates that the total repairs will be under the budget that was given of $500.
“I have already secured tarps over the outdoor kennels for added protection from the weather elements for the dogs if any by chance are left outside. I spoke with Earl Bowers and he has already told me what product to pick up for cracks in the cement work [a grey caulking sealant specifically for cracked cement],” she says. “The only thing left to do is to find someone to fix the posts to replace the dog pound sign at the end of the driveway.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times