There were a lot of Ford vehicles in the Stettler Recreation Centre’s parking lot on Saturday, April 8, all lined up to test drive as they raised funds for the local Animal Haven Rescue League (AHRL).
Drive One is a fundraiser designed by Ford to provide funds for local charitable organizations or schools for assistance for projects or programs.
These fundraiser applications are sent in for approval from the local dealership and once approved the local dealership provides gassed up new vehicles, usually one of every lineup or what is available from the lot at the time.
“For each test drive, Ford gives $20 to a maximum of 300 test drives or $6,000,” said Nancy Georget, digital marketing manager. “One test drive is allowed per household and held offsite from the dealership. This is a great way to build some money for the charitable organization or school and allows Ford to ‘show off’ their lineup without that pressure of buying.”
According to Georget, it’s a fun and engaging environment led by the local dealer employees and the charitable organization working together for a great cause.
Speaking about their need for funds, Doug Greggory said, “Spaying and neutering is an essential part of every dog or cat adopted from Animal Haven. This is where most of our budget goes and this new money will continue this process.”
When Stettler’s Ford dealership was approached by AHRL, they decided that Drive One would be a perfect platform to raise funds for this local outfit.
“AHRL has a lot of expenses that they incur while caring for animals brought into their facility regularly,” Georget added. “So, it was a great reason to help these animals out and get them the care they need.”
Tim Berry, dealer principal at the local dealership is a strong believer in helping the community of Stettler, according to Georget.
“We would like to thank first and foremost Animal Haven for approaching us. It was a wonderful request to assist them and rewarding to know we are helping our local animals too,” Georget commented.
AHRL’s Greggory said, “Since Animal Haven does not have a facility, our dogs and cats are usually placed in foster homes before adoption and finding loving fosters is an important part of our job. This and a steady source of finances are our two biggest needs.”
Greggory also added that the work they do at AHRL is important on different levels. “Spaying and neutering is not merely important, we believe it is essential,” Greggory stated. “Obviously, animals not spayed or neutered increase the potential spread of disease in animals, and of course it increases the population. Sadly, too often many of these dogs and cats are left to fend for themselves, are abandoned, or killed.”
Greggory said that increasing community awareness, especially of this issue, is another aspect of AHRL’s work.
“If more people understand the importance of spaying and neutering, the negative aspects will be reduced greatly,” Greggory added. “We know having a pet improves the quality of life for individuals and families. Having a family pet can create stronger bonds for a family and can be a source of comfort, especially in difficult times.”