Second annual Pet Appreciation Weekend sees animals put first

nimal organizations and charities across the country benefitted from a weekend-long awareness campaign. The second annual National Pet Appreciation Weekend and first annual National Adoption Weekend took place at Pet Values across Canada on April 14 and 15.

The stores accepted donations for PAWs that went to benefit a local charity of the store’s choice, as well as promoted pet adoption at the stores.

Altogether, the country raised around $614,000 and saw 856 pets find their new permanent home.

Dunnville’s Pet Valu was a part of the campaign and their proceeds went to help the Niagara Action for Animals organization.

“We’re very grateful that Pet Valu here chose us as one of the charities,” said Kimberly Costello, one of the directors at the Niagara Action for Animals. “We work with a couple of the Pet Values in Welland and St. Catharines so it’s great that we can get support from as many Pet Values as we can throughout Niagara region.”

She said the funds from the PAWs campaign will go towards the organization’s Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP)

“Basically, we provide financial assistance to qualifying low income applicants for spay and neuter.”

She said each spay or neuter can cost around $200, and the organization sees hundreds of applications a year from people who need financial assistance for a spay or neuter.

“We spay/neuter definitely hundreds a year. I’d say in the last five years we’ve done over 2,500 spay/neuters in the Niagara region through just the SNIP program.”

Costello said that the Niagara Action for Animals also held an adopt-a-thon that weekend to help get some of their cats adopted.

“I think we got four of five animals adopted that weekend, which was good because we don’t just adopt on the spot either,” she explained. “We go through an application procedure and make sure it’s a right fit for the cats and the people.”

For many of the Pet Values in Canada, the awareness campaign became more than a weekend event. The Dunnville Pet Valu accepted donations for the PAWs throughout the month of April and raised just under $600 for the charity.

The Niagara Action for Animals was founded in 1989 and has several community outreach programs to assist animal lovers care for their pets. Along with the SNIP program, the Niagara Action for Animals also has other programs to help spay/neuter feral cats and barn cats.

For more information on the Niagara Action for Animals organization, visit www.niagaraactionforanimals.org.

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