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Coming soon… a new animal shelter for Chatham-Kent

Coming soon… a new animal shelter for Chatham-Kent

It’s official! The first shovel has hit the ground and the new animal shelter is being built at this very moment.

After years of talks and thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of The New Animal Shelter, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has given the go ahead to the project to begin. The new shelter will be a much better, and bigger building for the stray and abandoned animals in our community.

The new building is approximately 3 times bigger than the current facility. Its new features will include a better and more effiecient air circulation system which in turn will provide a healthier environment for the animals and dramatically reduce the transmission of air borne diseases, especially for the cats being kept in care.

The current building was built over 40 years ago and is simply no longer adequate for, not only the number of animals being taken in each year, but also for the modern animal care standards.

Our team is beyond excited to watch the daily progress the construction crew is making with the building. We will be posting more photos as the building shapes up!

Blue, reaching for the sky

Blue, reaching for the sky

Blue is a very special dog. When he came to us he seemed very hyper and out of control. Then we threw a ball, and we realized that this dog’s main… and only focus was playing fetch.
After several weeks at the centre and very little interest from adopters we decided to make some calls to see if Blue‘s intense passion for chasing toys could be a desirable trait for someone.
We contacted Brian Groman with the Canada Border Services Agency in hopes that Blue might have great potential as a working dog. Intrigued by our description of his focus and drive, Brian came within days to assess him.
Brian was very impressed with Blue‘s abilities and organized transportation within days to their training facility in Quebec.
We are receiving regular updates and our excitable Blue is now wowing everyone with his skills and will soon graduate and start his brand new carrier protecting our country!

 

 

Great turn out for Turn OFF the Heat!

Great turn out for Turn OFF the Heat!

On July 6th we held an event in the PetSmart parking lot in Chatham to expose Chatham-Kent’s police, media and animal control to the conditions pets must endure when left in a hot vehicle.

After just 15 minutes and despite a breezy day, the interior temperature of the car rose to above 40 degrees Celsius. Participants clearly became very uncomfortable and mentioned that the only way they could stay in was that they knew they were able to get out after the 15 minutes.

Hard to imagine the level of stress a pet endures not knowing when the torture will stop! We are hoping that this event will be another reminder that there is no excuses for leaving a pet in a vehicle during hot and even warm days as the temperature inside a car rises very quickly even if in the shade or an a cooler day.

So, no more excuses, Turn OFF the Heat and save lives!

 

Our 2018 Poker Run was a huge HIT!

Our 2018 Poker Run was a huge HIT!

What an amazing day to ride! The turn out was fantastic and several surprises awaited the participants on this edition of our Poker Run. Next year will take it to a whole new level with yet more unexpected guests and a much larger grand prize.

The feedback from the bikers was very positive and we are so very excited to prepare for our 2019 edition.

 

Successful Adoption Event!

Successful Adoption Event!

What an incredible weekend at PetSmart in Chatham!
21 animals found forever homes and hundreds of visitors had a chance at learning more about local wildlife with the help of Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue. Their educational animals were a big hit, with Emma the possum stealing the show.

All these adoptions translate in more space at the shelter and many happy families. A great big thank you to our volunteers who made this event such a success.

Looking forward to our next adoption event!

250 Free Cat Spays/Neuters

 250 Free Spays/Neuters For Local Cats

Pet And Wildlife Rescue is pleased to announce its receipt of a new $14,500 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare, to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in the Chatham-Kent region.

It has been just over a year since Pet And Wildlife Rescue took over the operation of the animal shelter in Chatham, and since day one, their focus has been on improving the lives of local animals. Providing affordable or free spay/neuters for cat owners has always been one of their top priorities.

In 2018, with the help of this new donation, Pet And Wildlife Rescue will offer 250 free spays/neuters to local pet parents with furry felines in need of being fixed. PetSmart Charities of Canada’s regional relationship manager, Dani Mailing, says “We’re proud to support Pet And Wildlife Rescue with this grant that will bolster the organization’s spring kitten intervention plan by offering subsidized spay/neuter procedures for the pets of residents in the Chatham-Kent region.”

“Our team is excited to take the first step in our journey to bring the number of cats in our community to a more sustainable level. By spaying or neutering our feline population, we hope to prevent unplanned litters and enhance the perception of cats in our community as treasured members of our families,” says Myriam Armstrong, Operations Manager at Pet And Wildlife Rescue.

Applicants will be required to bring proof of Chatham-Kent region residence in order to qualify for a free spay/neuter voucher and some restrictions will apply as to which cats will be good candidates for the surgery. There will be a one voucher per family rule. The first registration blitz will take place at the PetSmart store in Chatham on February 2nd from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Applicants will be asked to bring a piece of ID and their cat’s paperwork/health information. Registration information will be available on www.pawr.org and on the animal welfare agency’s Facebook page.

PetSmart Charities of Canada aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness by supporting spay and neuter efforts. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as Pet And Wildlife Rescue, PetSmart Charities of Canada has facilitated over 54,000 spay and neuter surgeries in the Canada since 1999.

 

Registration dates and locations for 2018 spay/neuter program:

  • Friday February 2nd from 5pm to 8pm

PetSmart, 823 St Clair St, Chatham

  • Friday February 16th from 2pm to 5pm

Wallaceburg Animal Shelter, 105 Arnold St., Wallaceburg

  • Thursday February 22nd from 5pm to 8pm

Ridgetown Library, 54 Main St. W, Ridgetown

More locations/dates to come if vouchers are still available

Hello Wallaceburg!

Hello Wallaceburg!

As of December 1st, 2017 PAW Rescue is providing shelter services and animal control to Wards 4 and 5 which includes Wallaceburg, Tupperville and Dresden.
As part of this endeavour we are operating the Wallaceburg shelter which welcomes dogs from the area. Cats continue to be redirected to our Chatham facility which is must better equipped to care for our feline friends.
If you would like to visit us at our new location feel free to come by anytime Monday to Friday between the hours of 2pm and 5pm.

Let’s Party!

Let’s Party!

Do you want to help our animals? How about having a birthday party that would benefit the pets at the shelter?

Our pre-printed invitations will let your guests know that you are looking for donations instead of gifts and that you are supporting Pet And Wildlife Rescue with these donations.

Email or call us and we will set aside 10 birthday invitations for your friends.

pawrrescue@gmail.com  or 226-996-9969
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Raccoon Reunion

Helping our wildlife friends can be challenging at time but once something happens that makes it all worth it.
A good Samaritan brought us an orphaned raccoon found at his residence in Chatham. The baby was scared and dehydrated but in good condition.
The following day we received a call from Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue asking for our assistance in picking up two orphans hiding in a bucket on a patio. After talking to the residents we found out that three raccoons had been there the day before but only two remained.
Thanks to the intake paperwork we realized that our first baby was found just two doors down from the pair. All three babies were brought to Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue and reunited at last!

Our new cat condo!

Our new cat condo!

The amazing Union Gas Golden Genies completed their cat condo project and their hard work will benefit out cats and kittens for quite some time. Fresh air, lots to look at and fun with your furry friends is exactly what our kitties needed!

Thank you, Genies, you are making a big difference in the life of our cats.

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