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D'ARCY'S A.R.C. should be able to stay afloat after news of the struggling animal shelter's plight garnered an estimated $10,000 in donations.
Shelter owner D'Arcy Johnston had said Wednesday he would no longer be accepting new animals in light of a severe cash shortage stemming in part from fewer adoptions and donations.
But by late in the day Thursday, Johnston said he'd received $8,200 in donations, and expected another $2,000 or more through the shelter's website, which he hadn't had time to check.
"I'm just overwhelmed," he said.
``It's just been an overwhelming success. I'm very pleased with all the support that we get, especially at a time when we really need it the most."
A half dozen businesses, including four operating under the Derksen Group of Companies banner, A&P Plumbing and Di-Tech International, donated around $5,500 and offered to take on the shelter's hydro bill for the rest of the year.
"They have been so generous," said Johnston. "I can't even find the words to thank those people."
The flood of cash for the shelter came in through a fundraising drive spearheaded by Hot 103 radio personality Ace Burpee.
"We've done a few things for them over the years," said Burpee of D'Arcy's A.R.C. and owner Johnston. "The one thing that we've always noticed is how appreciative he is."
Burpee was hosting his radio show at the Derksen Group offices Thursday morning as part of an auction prize the company won this year. Paul Duncan, manager of Derksen's special projects division, said they got the idea to donate after Burpee talked about the shelter's struggles on-air.
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