Love of Paws campaign wraps up
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Lookout residents had the chance to honour and remember animals during Sioux Looks Out for Paws’ annual Love of Paws campaign. Rescue representative Joan Dykes explained that the campaign, which ran from Feb. 9 to 14, is something they’ve been doing in Sioux Lookout for quite some time.
“We’ve been doing this, actually, for a number of years now. We’ve been a standalone rescue for about a year and a half now. Prior to that we were a branch of the Dryden rescue, Second Chance Pet Network, so we continued with the campaign even once we were a standalone rescue,” she explained.
“It started out as a way of remembering any animal… Part of it was a way of remembering some of the animals that our volunteers have dealt with over the years as well. It’s strictly on a donation basis. People can dedicate a heart with animals that they’ve shared their lives with or animals that they’re currently sharing their lives with,” she continued.
Hearts were available at Fresh Market Foods and The Bark Barn. When asked about the businesses allowing them to set up their campaign, Dykes had nothing but good things to say.
“Fresh Market has always been very good to us, and happily provides us space every year to do this campaign. Bark Barn, who are amazing people, have been very, very supportive of the rescue agency and they were also selling hearts in their store,” she said.
Dykes also shared that the campaign is a good opportunity to give Sioux Looks Out for Paws more exposure to the community, who always seem to step up and provide help whenever and wherever need be.
“We’ll accept anything from 25 cents and up. I think it’s a good promotion as well for the organization itself. People will stop to chat and ask us what we’re doing, how we’re doing and that kind of thing. It’s a chance to meet volunteers as well as discuss the efforts of the rescue organization,” she said.
“Sioux Lookout itself, as a community, is a phenomenally supportive community for everything. We have, I believe, the best volunteers you could ever find. We have such a dedicated group of people,” she concluded.
To stay up to date on campaigns and animals at Sioux Looks Out for Paws, check out the Sioux Lookout Rescue Facebook page @siouxlookoutrescue.