Pennies for Paws set for next week
With the Canadian penny out of circulation since Monday, organizers at Angel’s Animal Rescue Society decided it would be an ideal time to launch a fundraiser.
Pennies for Paws is set for this Tuesday (Sunshine Valley), Wednesday (Lower Nicola) and Thursday (Diamond Vale the Bench and Colletville). Each neighbourhood will be canvassed by a team of volunteers.
Donations, which will be collected in the evenings, will go toward continuing the society’s rescue efforts and for providing veterinarian care.
“We are always full [of dogs] and that is really a sad story,” Judanna Dawn-Caros, president of the society, said. “All of our dogs are adopted out, but every time we adopt out a dog it makes room for the other one that needs you.”
Since Angel’s started rescuing dogs in August, 2008, 1,329 of the pooches have received a home.
About 80 per cent of the dogs were rescued from the area that makes up the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Dawn-Caros said.
“If people know of neglect or abuse, then we will go do the rescue,” she explained. “If they decide the dog needs better care and they would like to have it come to Angel’s Animal Rescue, then they surrender it to us at that time.”
The dogs are then treated by a veterinarian, and “they receive physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation that they need before they go into their new homes.
“When people come and adopt a dog, they are receiving a balanced dog so they don’t get a dog with a lot of issues,” Dawn-Caros said.
All the dogs are kept at Angel’s, which is about a five-minute drive west of Lower Nicola.
Angel’s is also planning an open house for this spring, but details haven’t yet been released.
“This will give people an opportunity to see how the dogs are provided for here at Angel’s,” she said.
People are welcome to help collect donations by calling Angel’s at 250-378-5223.
Those who don’t receive a visit from the volunteers can drop off donations at Purity Feed, Nicola Valley Veterinarian Clinic, the Merritt Veterinarian Hospital, or the Hitch ‘N’ Post Restaurant (Lower Nicola).