It would be a doggone shame if you missed this upcoming event.
The Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba (BTPRSM) and the Manitoba Small Dog Rescue (MSDR) will co-host the "Meet Your Match" Adoption & Fundraising Event on Sun., Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Dog Loft, located at 245 Marion St.
There will be lots happening at the four-hour fundraiser, according to Rena Mathieson, one of BTPRSM’s three executive directors. As well as the chance to meet adoptable dogs from both rescues, individuals are invited to bring along their own furry friends for a "love photo" for $10 courtesy of Red Photo Co., and there will also be a bake sale, a craft sale, a 50/50 draw and silent auction. Proceeds will be split between the two non-profit organizations to help cover veterinary expenses and other costs associated with rescuing small breed dogs.
Mathieson said organizers felt a Valentine’s Day theme was perfect for the event, not just because it falls close to Feb. 14, but also because it embodies the spirit of adoption and helps raise awareness.
"We all agreed that ‘Meet Your Match’ was a good event name because at an adoption fair you have a chance to meet all sorts of wonderful dogs waiting for their chance to find a forever family," said Mathieson, who lives in Mynarski.
"Doing joint adoption fairs like this one is great for the general public to become aware that breed-specific and size-specific rescues exist. It’s amazing how many people don’t realize rescues like these are in Manitoba. It’s also a good way for people to meet dogs in our care, ask questions, get advice and support from these two amazing rescues."
Event co-ordinator Val Pankhurst, a foster parent for MSDR, said it’s crucial that all stakeholders continue to work in unison to help find foster homes.
"MDSR believes that all rescues need to work together, as we all share the common goal to find the best homes possible for all dogs in need and to get dogs out of desperate situations and find better situations for them," said Pankhurst, who lives in the Minto area. "We adore the girls at BTPRSM and always look forward to sharing events with them, especially since many of the target adopters would be interested in both of our rescues.
"We have many dedicated foster families who volunteer their time and homes, so we are able to bring in dogs that need new homes from surrenders, as well as ones that are rehabilitated from puppy mills. We cannot intake a dog without a confirmed foster family, as we do not have a physical shelter, so qualified fosters are the lifeblood of the rescue."
Organizers would welcome donations for the event — including auction prizes, baking and crafts — and various items for the shelters. Donations to help out with vet bills can be also made directly to Southglen Veterinary Hospital (BTPRSM) and Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital (MDSR) in the name of the respective shelters and would be gratefully appreciated.
To learn more, search for the rescues by name on Facebook.