On Friday, Aug. 11, Donalda Animal Rescue partnered with Stettler’s Pet Valu to give kids from the community a day of fun.
“We just decided to give back to the community that has supported us these last few years,” said Myra Gauvreau, president of Donalda Animal Rescue. “We had a barbecue and Rosco, the Clown entertained the kids with balloon animals and tricks.”
There were also games with prizes and kids got their faces painted, which was one of the many highlights of the afternoon. Hosted right outside Pet Valu on Main Street, the event attracted a lot of passersby as well, who stopped in with their kids to participate.
Gauvreau said that Pet Valu has been doing events with Donalda Animal Rescue for a few years and Tammy the manager of Pet Valu was completely on board, which helped makes the event a success.
“The animals that get in are usually hurt – they have either been abused or mistreated in different ways and we as a rescue operation take on the responsibility of making them whole again and try finding them a forever home,” Gauvreau added. “We also do catch and release programs for cats and help to keep the population down. There are so many cats needing homes right now, that it’s a travssty!”
Every shelter is overflowing with cats being turned down on a daily basis, according to Gauvreau and they can only house and feed some.
“It’s for places like Pet Valu that help us out with food and adoptions that we can do the work we do and we are grateful for all that they do and thank them for their continued support of the animals,” Gauvreau said. “We are always in need of fosters, so our request to the community is, if anyone is able to foster please call Donalda Animal Rescue or reach us on Facebook or through our website.”