The Timmins and District Humane Society picked up a $5,000 cheque Wednesday night  at the Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting and dinner.

It’s a grant from the Chamber’s “100 People who Care” initiative that hands grants to non-profit organizations every quarter.

Humane society executive director Alicia Santamaria says the money is earmarked for a specific project.

“To repair animal enclosures at the shelter and to offer more enrichment for cats, dogs and pocket pets at the shelter.”

Enrichment items are toys and other things that give the animals physical and mental stimulation.

Pocket pegs are hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats.

Santamaria says work should begin within the next month, and the money will certainly help.

“We’re hoping to do as much of this as we can,” she laughs. “ I think it should cover a good portion of it and we’ll see how far we’re able to get.”

If you want to help top up the fund for the project, you can find out how to donate on the humane society’s website.