Sioux Looks Out For Paws thankful for flood of support
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Looks Out For Paws became their own animal rescue back in January, and they’ve experienced nothing but love and support from the Sioux Lookout community since.
Lynda Ducharme, who is the Chair of the Sioux Looks Out For Paws Board of Directors, said their fundraising efforts are ongoing.
“It’s an ongoing process for us because we always have vet bills, food, litter and other things to supply for the animals. If you get one sick animal, the costs can be up to $1,000. As a result, we always have to fundraise,” she said.
Ducharme shared that the community has done a great job of supporting Sioux Looks Out For Paws, especially the youth.
“The young people in our schools have been doing a number of fundraisers over the years. Sometimes they make art work and sell it or do bake sales. We also have individual children that put up lemonade stands and do their own bake sales and, on top of that, we have a number of young volunteers that come with their parents as well. It’s so impressive because that’s the next generation,” she explained.
“We live in a wonderful community. It doesn’t matter what we need, we ask for it and get a response. It’s amazing,” she continued.
Many Sioux Lookout residents adopt and foster rescue animals locally through Sioux Looks Out For Paws, which provides the rescue with even more opportunities to help animals and eliminate euthanizations.
“It’s wonderful because it allows us to help more animals. We have so many people that have opened their hearts and homes to animals and even litters of animals because of their vulnerability. Without them we couldn’t do the work we do. We also have a partnership with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the by-law department. We are able to work with them so no animals have been euthanized in the past six years. It’s something we’re definitely proud of,” she said.
Moving forward, the eventual goal for Sioux Looks Out For Paws is to have their own shelter to further help and train animals.
“Our hope is, eventually, to start to do fundraising to have our own shelter. Sometimes it can be difficult because we have animals that need training and fosters are reluctant to take them on, understandably. We would love to have our own shelter to be able to help animals,” Ducharme concluded.