Kitty multiplies at poker rally

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Published on May 10, 2014

Participants arrived early in the morning on Saturday.

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Janice Varner, a friend of the L.A. Animal Shelter, cooked hotdogs at the staging area.

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Participants Kayla McCulloch, left, and Courtney Hines get geared up for the rally.

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Groups of people riding various types of ATV's leave the staging area and hit trail...

Published on May 10, 2014

...including McCulloch and Hines.

Published on May 10, 2014

Kitty multiplies at poker rally

Published on May 10, 2014

Kitty multiplies at poker rally

Published on May 10, 2014

Kitty multiplies at poker rally

Published on May 10, 2014

The staging area as seen from across the river on Highway 2 in East Southampton.

ATVers come out in support of L.A. Animal Shelter

SOUTHAMPTON – The Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter co-hosted their first-ever all terrain vehicle poker rally on Saturday.

“It’s just like Star Trek, we’re going out into territory that we’ve never gone before,” said Marilyn Williams, L.A. Animal Shelter president, as she watched people register for the rally Saturday morning in Southampton.

Although Tribbles, like the ones encountered by Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, won’t benefit from the poker rally, dogs and cats in Cumberland County will.

“We hope to have 100 ATV’s here today, so this is definitely going to help us at the animal shelter,” said Williams.

Preparation for the rally took about two months.

“It’s a lot of work but now that we’re here and everybody’s laughing and having a good time it makes it all worthwhile,” said Williams.

One animal having a good time at the rally was Shadow Silvea.

“He’s very friendly and loves cuddles. He’s a great addition to the family,” said Springhill’s Amy Silvea who, along with her husband Garry, was volunteering at the rally.

They adopted Shadow from the shelter about one month ago. Shadow is a miniature poodle and is a senior in dog years.

“On account of how old he was, I didn’t like the thought of such an old dog being in a shelter,” said Amy. “He probably doesn’t have many years left, so I wanted to give him a loving home for his senior years.”

She says there are a lot of animals at the shelter still looking for a home.

“Shadow hopes some of his shelter mates get forever homes as well. He told me that.”

The shelter partnered with the Cobequid Off Highway Vehicle Club for the rally.

Participants taking part in the rally drive their ATV’s along an 80-kilometre off-road route that takes about four hours to complete.

“They get a hand of five cards,” said Williams. “They get two cards here before they leave, they get one card at the checkpoint, and then they get two more cards when the come back here.”

The top poker hands win prizes.

Each year, the COHVC has three rally’s for three different organizations.

After receiving applications from various charities and non-profit organizations, a committee at the COHVC determines which groups they will partner with.

“We decided the L.A. Animal Shelter would be an excellent candidate for the first rally of the year,” said Troy Henwood, COHVC vice president. “It’s good for the animals and there’s a lot of animal lovers out there too.”

Henwood says the rally is a nice way for the COHVC to reach out to the community.

“It not only helps non-profit organizations and other groups but it helps with the maintenance of the trails as well.”

Saturday’s rally is the first of three the COHVC will help host this year.

“In July we’re doing a rally with the Lions Club, and then the one we do in the fall at Keith Blenkhorn’s camp in Collingwood will be for the Springhill Fire Hall,” said Henwood.

Because of the number of applications submitted to the COHVC each year, each successful applicant isn’t allowed to apply again for two years. The next year the L.A. Animal Shelter will qualify to partner in the rally will be in 2016.


Organizations: Lillion Albion Animal Shelter, Starship Enterprise, Highway Vehicle Club Lions Club

Geographic location: SOUTHAMPTON, Cumberland County, Collingwood

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  • Kathy Morash
    May 10, 2014 - 21:22

    It's Lillian Allbon, not Lillion Albion.