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Dog "E" Daycare in giving spirit with two area fundraisers

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am

Bailey Sharpe (left) and Kassie O'Brien of Dog
Bailey Sharpe (left) and Kassie O'Brien of Dog "E" Daycare hold a friend from their Dog "E" Loyalty program in July. The program provids a home for pets while their family stays at the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. Dog "E" Daycare is holding two fundraisers, one to support the Ronald McDonald House and one in support of the Wild Rose Humane Society.
File photo / Rocky View Publishing

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Airdrie’s Dog “E” Daycare is in the giving spirit by supporting two area charities.

The Wild Rose Humane Society (WRHS) will once again be hosting the Pet Pics with Santa event, with all proceeds going towards the group’s Give Me Shelter campaign. This year, the event will take place on Dec. 15 at Dog “E” Daycare, located at #2, 69 East Lake Cres.

Funds will help the WRHS build or lease a building to use as an animal shelter, say officials.

Mayanne Campbell, fundraising director for the WRHS, said this is the fifth year the society has held the event, and added it’s a great way to get some unique photos of pets while supporting a good cause.

“Usually it’s a very well-received (event),” said Campbell. “Every time that we’ve done it, all the appointments have been booked and we usually have quite a few walk-ins as well.”

She added she is trying to push fundraising this year in order to make the home for the society a reality.

One of the reasons she feels strongly about it, is because her neighbours recently found a dog frozen under their patio.

“And there’s no reason for it. We desperately need that shelter,” she added.

Rather than residents phoning bylaw services every time they find a stray, she wants to help create a place where people can bring animals, where they will be taken care of and adopted from, she said.

“We want to be able to work with bylaw so that if somebody does find an animal bylaw doesn’t have to do find a place for them.”

The event will be held in Airdrie from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Dog “E” Daycare.

Bailey Sharpe, co-owner and operator of Dog “E” Daycare, said it is important for the business to support local rescue and has raised funds for WRHS in past events at the daycare.

The cost for photos, which are printed on site and given to participants that same day, will be $10.

“It’s going to be a really cool theme,” Sharpe said, adding the daycare will be channeling Dr. Seuss’ Whoville the day of the photos and will have a brightly coloured background to make photos pop.

Dog “E” Daycare, which provides homes for the four-legged family members while the rest of the family is staying at Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, through it’s Dog “E” Loyalty program, is also raising funds to support the House’s Magic Room.

Ronald McDonald House is a place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical attention in a Calgary hospital and provides a home-like atmosphere that allows entire families to keep living their lives as normally as possible during their medical crisis, according to the organization’s website.

The Magic Room offers kids a chance to escape the daily routine of doctors and treatments in the hospital when they arrive at the house or reach a milestone.

The Magic Room and the excitement within it are kept a secret but each child leaves with a smile and a new toy.

“We would like monetary donations because the Magic Room is already so full of items for children age three to 11 because they are so easy to buy for,” Sharpe said, adding the money will be used to buy gifts for age groups outside the three to 11 range.

She said in particular they will be purchasing for teenagers, new moms and parents staying at the house during the holiday season.

“A lot of new moms don’t have the supplies they need,” Sharpe said of the formula, diapers, bottles and other baby items they will be purchasing.

All donations more than $20 will receive a tax receipt from Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

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