A local animal shelter is receiving a royal honour.
On Nov. 1, D’Arcy Johnston, founder of D’Arcy’s A.R.C. will receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony at the Manitoba legislature.
Although the medal is being given out in his name, the shelter’s staff and volunteers really deserve the kudos, Johnston said recently.
"They have worked together to keep this project going," said Johnston, who began the shelter 11 years ago out of the basement of his North End home.
"I started it all, but I can’t do it by myself."
Johnston plans to frame the medal and put it on display at the shelter, located at 730B Century St.
Since its opening, the shelter has adopted out more than 10,500 animals, with more than 650 adoptions this year alone.
The commemorative medals were created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
Some 60,000 Canadians were to be recognized this year with a medal, handed out by the Governor General’s office.
Johnston called his recognition an honour, noting that his selection caught him by surprise.
"To have the validation of the community that we are doing a good job means a lot," he said.
"We all have the same goal in mind, and through the shelter we can keep this dream going."
A representative from the Governor General’s office could not say how many animal welfare advocates received a Diamond Jubilee medal this year.
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Coalition to tackle cat licensing, Fluffy’s Law
A group of Winnipeg animal shelters are joining together to better tackle animal issues in the city.
The Winnipeg Humane Society, D’Arcy’s A.R.C., Manitoba Mutts and Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter have come together to form the Shelter and Rescue Alliance of Manitoba (SARAM).
As a coalition, the groups believe they can improve communication between the shelters, and have a bigger influence in city decisions regarding animal welfare and overpopulation in the city.
"It’s been a long time coming," said SARAM chair Carla Martinelli-Irvine, founder of Winnipeg Pet Rescue.
"It was time for a coalition to be formed to address some of the upcoming issues."
In November, the animal services department will come before city council with changes to the animal control bylaws, which include a move to cat licensing.
The coalition wants to address that issue, and others like Fluffy’s Law to allow more pets in apartments and rental properties.
"Working together, I believe we can make a difference, we really can," Carla Martinelli-Irvine said.
Other shelters with non-profit or charitable status may also become a part of the coalition, she said.
SARAM will hold a city-wide adoption event Sat., Nov. 10. The organizations will provide free microchips with each adoption.
Adoptions will take place at each respective shelter. Manitoba Mutts will be adopting out of Pet Cetera at 915 Empress St.