Pawrific Party put on for pooches
Hope Lives Here Animal Rescue Society has saved about 50 dogs in the past year and that’s reason to celebrate.
A Pawrific Party on Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at Three Mile Bend to commemorate the milestone and raise money for the non-profit group.
Volunteers are hosting a barbecue and bake sale. Merchandise will be available for sale, along with a silent auction that includes a $3,000 engagement ring. Adoptable dogs will also be on site.
Jessica Nagorski, society founder and adoption co-ordinator, said ensuring the dogs get the health care they need is a priority.
One young puppy rescued a few weeks ago is receiving 24-hour veterinary care because of low protein levels. He was found tied in a garbage bag and thrown in a ditch with seven siblings.
“We take responsibility for all of our dogs. We follow up with our adopted homes to make sure they are happy with their dogs, if they need any help with training,” Nagorski said.
“All of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We’re trying to curb the overpopulation.”
The Red Deer rescue society takes in dogs suffering from abuse and neglect. Most of the dogs come from a first nations reserve. In Red Deer, volunteers are usually helping to reunite lost pets with their owners and accept owner-surrendered pets on occasion.
The society works with 10 local foster homes and volunteers and a few in Edmonton and Barrhead. More volunteers and foster homes are desperately needed, Nagorski said.
Red Deer and District SPCA has taken in mostly puppies rescued by Hope Lives Here to help them find forever homes.
SPCA executive director Tara Hellewell said about 50 per cent of dogs at the SPCA come from reserves.
“We co-ordinate with other charities and agencies and groups who are doing these rescues because we don’t go in and do rescues ourselves,” Hellewell said.
“In the future, we hope to work together more closely with some of the groups that do spay/neuter clinics on reserves.”
Pawrific Party will give rescuers and foster home operators an opportunity to reunite with dogs that have been adopted.
For more information, visit www.hopeliveshererescue.com.