People wanting to help ICAN's rescued animals are invited to an Open House on May 29th to learn more.

People wanting to help ICAN’s rescued animals are invited to an Open House on May 29th to learn more.

Helping Invermeres smallest furry companions, the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) works hard to provide animals with the best care. That care is provided by ICAN president Lana Banham and her team of 25 volunteers. However, the animal rescue group is in need of more volunteers and will be holding an open house on Sunday, May 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ICAN headquarters at 455 Panorama Drive to recruit them.

Its a volunteer fair, a recruitment open house. Were having a barbecue with snacks and drinks to show people around, show them what we do (and) hopefully get people interested in the needy animals in this area, said Ms. Banham.

Currently, ICAN has 20 animals in care with 15 at the shelter and the rest in foster care. That number is expected to grow as the centre prepares for eight kittens to come to the shelter in the next month. ICAN hopes the open house will get more volunteers coming in and helping out with some of the different volunteer opportunities.

We need foster homes, people hands on down at the rescue centre, weve got jobs in maintenance, lawn work, office work. We like to try to fit the volunteers with what they enjoy doing, said Ms. Banham.

Even if youre allergic to cats, there are opportunities to get involved, which is why fitting volunteers with positions that match their likes and dislikes is important. Ms. Banham encourages the public to attend the open house to see the facility and see what volunteers at ICAN do everyday. For more information, email or call 250-341-7888 or visit the ICAN Facebook page.