The Animal Haven Rescue League (AHRL) held a barbecue fundraiser outside Scotiabank on Main Street on Friday, June 26.
The AHRL seeks to find foster homes for the animals in their care.
With midday temperatures soaring on Friday, people came by in good numbers to make the event a success. For $3, one could buy a hotdog and drink.
The AHRL is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers to help re-home abandoned, abused or surrendered pets and animals. Volunteers work from home as they don’t have a permanent shelter facility.
With a staggering number of animals on their hands, the AHRL are extremely short of volunteers, said Jeannie White-Wright, President of Animal Haven Rescue League. For her, it is important that community members understand the need to find these animals loving homes.
“We are always looking for volunteers who can work at events, help with vet runs, inventory, take care of sponsorship etc.,” said Wright. “We are also in need of foster homes. We can only help as many animals as we have fosters.”
Scotiabank was one of the leading partners for the event, allowing AHRL to host the fundraiser just outside their offices, and offered to match the amount raised, by doubling the total. Scotiabank employees also helped sell hotdogs.
“We help to find loving homes for animals no longer wanted by their owners and people who just have to give them up,” said Debbie Schilling, supporter of AHRL. “We really need fosters. Because sometimes there are more animals than fosters. And it’s an awesome thing.”
Gayle Tennant attended the event to donate blankets. Since her mother, Jean Walker had moved from her home to further care, and is an animal lover, Tennant said that the family wanted to donate bedding, sleeping bags, sheets and blankets, all things required by animals when they have been rescued.