Paws and Claws Fundraiser to benefit Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 09:58 am
The timing was serendipitous when Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter volunteer Melodie Merrick approached United Floors in Airdrie for a flooring donation to help with the shelter’s renovations.
“Originally, we just wanted to plan some sort of charity event here in the store and a lot of us are animal lovers so we wanted to get animals involved,” said Kristen Mowat, who does sales and reception at the store. “Then Melodie came in and told us about the shelter and it was perfect.”
“It was fate, I guess,” Merrick said.
The store, located at 2890 Kingsview Blvd., is hosting a Paws and Claws on the Carpet Fundraiser on July 26 in the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in support of Tails to Tell.
During the event, United Floors will feature some special sales on pet-friendly flooring including hard-surface flooring from Tarkett, pet friendly carpet, stain remover and all in-house inventory.
“A portion of the sales will be donated to Tails to Tell,” Mowat said.
Tails to Tell is located in Crossfield and many of the animals in the shelter come from Airdrie, Merrick said.
The shelter was located next to Critters Pet Store, the shop owned and operated by Tails to Tell founder Edna Jackson, and shared space in the store but Critters closed on June 30.
“Any animals at Critters had to move over to the shelter so we needed to do some renovations,” Merrick said of the need for flooring and donation. “United Flooring was great and donated enough flooring to do one room.”
Merrick said although all donation help keep the shelter running and offset the cost for veterinary bills (which can be as much as $4,000 some months) along with pet food, kitty litter, and rental and utility fees, this event is also about raising awareness of the shelter.
“To me, this is an awareness raisers because there are still so many people that don’t know about us,” she said. “It’s during the Summer Games so we’re hoping people will be out and about.”
The event will also include a food truck, Mr. Happy Day Fries, that will be serving up sausages, hot dogs, fries and drinks.
“Tails to Tell will be bringing some kittens and another small shelter in Calgary may bring some puppies as well,” Mowat said.
Merrick said because the shelter no longer has the extra room from Critters, they can only accommodate cats and kittens right now.
“We need to get these kitties moving out,” she said, adding all animals they bring will be available to adopt and come spayed or neutered, micro chipped, vaccinated and rehabilitated.
“We would love to see some animals go home that day,” Mowat said of the July 26 event.
She and Merrick said there is no fundraising goal in mind for the event but adds every dollar helps.
“Airdrie firefighters are going to be hanging out at the event as long as they are not called away (for an emergency),” Mowat said, adding they will likely have their truck out for people to look at.
The shelter opened in Crossfield in 2010 and rescued 226 animals in 2013 with 200 being adopted out, according to the website. The shelter is non-profit, no-kill animal shelter and is run entirely by volunteers and donations.
Merrick said the next step for the shelter is to find a larger location so they can continue to help animals in need in both the Airdrie and Crossfield areas.
“Come out, get some good deals on flooring and also help out animals in need,” Mowat said of the event.
For more information on Tails to Tell, visit tailstotell.ca