By Brian Schultz
The Pedigree Adoption Drive rolled into Winnipeg on Saturday to raise awareness of dogs living in shelters and to celebrate those that have found loving homes through the creation of a public art display.
The chalk design on a section of floor at The Forks took eight hours to create and was supported by members of D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre. “(We) depend on the support of corporations and the public to help us give dogs the second chance they deserve,” said D’Arcy Johnston, owner and operator of D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre. “Our staff and volunteers work to ensure all shelters dogs admitted to our care receive a clean bill of health and are accurately assessed so they are ready to start their new lives with a suitable, loving family.”
The Pedigree Adoption Drive has raised $500,000 for Canadian pet shelters since its inception in 2008. This year, the makers of Pedigree are supporting 30 campaign partner shelters, several which are based in Manitoba including the Brandon Humane Society, D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre and the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter. These shelters will receive a $5,000 donation in 2010 to cover operating costs.