With just more than a week remaining in April, Pet Valu and Donalda Animal Rescue are entering the crunch to reach their fundraising goal for April.
Donalda Animal Rescue partnered with the Stettler pet store to do the Paws Pet Appreciation fundraiser in April with a goal of raising $1,500, which will be used to help cover food and veterinary costs for the animals rescued by Donalda Animal Rescue. A large number of the animals rescued by the organization — which services much of Stettler County despite its Donalda-name — are cats.
The store has raised roughly $1,200 so far and is hopeful it can hit its goal, store manager Tammy Martin said.
The store is also a foster home for Donalda Animal Rescue, which means it keeps adoptable cats at the store for people to meet, cuddle with and eventually bring home.
The program has been so effective that Donalda Animal Rescue doesn’t have any adoptable cats to bring to the store at this time, Martin said. The last one, an 11-month-old grey tuxedo named Edmond, was only at the store a few days before he caught someone’s heart.
The store is also donating close-to-expiry food to the rescue, meaning that the animals being cared for by the rescue won’t go hungry, but also aren’t being given food that has hit its best-before date. Proceeds from dog washes for the month of April are being donated to the rescue in the name of the dog that gets a scrub, too.
To learn more about the Donalda Animal Rescue, its programs and how you can help, visit www.donaldaanimal.wix.com.