Chocolate Lovers Dinner a FUNdraising delight to support animal Shelter

It was a chocolate lover’s delight when IG Private Wealth Management Todd & Associates hosted the ‘Chocolate Lovers Dinner’ in support of the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter at Best Western in Owen Sound.

Hoping that the goal of $10,000 would be raised, the committee was taken aback when the final total came in at $16,780.

The evening included a raffle and balloon draw by D. C. Taylor Jewellers along with a live auction facilitated by auctioneer MPP Bill Walker.  “We have to thank our more than 70 ‘raffle donors’, more than 20 live auction restaurant donors and our main live auction donors,” says organizing committee Chair, Lisa LaPierre, “and our auctioneer, MPP Bill Walker, who made the auction so much fun.”

(L-R) Danita Todd, Traci Smith, Lisa LaPierre, Belinda Bowler & Lois Taylor with her dogs   Johnny (L) and Harvey (R) Johnny was very happy with the money raised! (absent are                                                Joy Jackson & Christie Leeder)

Grey Bruce Animal Shelter began in 1989 in Sydenham Township to care for cats and dogs who were looking for new homes.  It was incorporated in 2006 as the Grey Bruce Humane Society and by 2007 was debt free.  Today, it is an independent volunteer-run, no-kill charity surrender shelter that is funded through adoption fees, private donations and fundraising.

The Shelter has an elected board of up to 11 directors and is completely maintained and operated by volunteers receiving no government financial support. Deb Takeda, manager of the Shelter says that it could not exist without the volunteers.  “We have some 50 volunteers, some who can only give a little time and others who are regularly here.  There are those who help walk dogs, clean cat litter, feed the animals – everything that’s needed.”

The Shelter provides shelter, treatment and care for cats and dogs whose owners can no longer care for their pets.  All shots, vaccinations, spaying and neutering are carried out prior to adoption and residents are carefully matched to suitable homes.  The shelter also attempts to modify behavior of ‘unruly’ guests and assists sick or injured dogs and cats toward a humane end of of life.

The Shelter only accepts surrendered cats and dogs and is not a licensed animal control agent.  In 2018, new homes were found for a total of 81 dogs and 67 cats and kittens.

For more about those looking for new homes, be sure to check out the new column ‘Pet of the Week‘.