It’s the most wonderful time of the year! MDB loves the holiday season because this is when our bloggers get to “Paw It Forward” and help rescues that mean a lot to us!
Where The Money Comes From
Our generous advertisers! The folks you see in the sidebar on the right hand side of this page – AND in the “Montreal Resources” dropdown listings up top. Thank you for your support!
Our ad revenue goes to:
- maintaining our blog – so our bloggers can keep bringing you meaningful stories and information that affect you and your pet.
- creating educational and promotional materials to give away (like our Heat Kills car clings , our Breed Bans Blow stickers and the classic MDB bandanas)
- giving back to animal rescues in Montreal! See Paw It Forward 2011, Paw it Forward 2012 and Paw it Forward 2013. (to date, we have donated around $10,000 to rescues!)
Paw It Foward 2014
For this year’s Paw It Forward movement, MDB is personally able to donate more than EVER this year: $3000 to rescues! We have already donated $600 (Boxer Rescue, Chatopia and Nali Animal Orphanage). The rest of the money was divided among our 4 most dedicated bloggers this year.
They each have $600 to gift to the charit(ies) of their choice. Let’s see who they chose this year and why…
1: Doberman Rescue – 120$ – thank you for your great help when taking in Gypsy and helping her find a home.We are truly thankful for your quick response and helping out Sarah Saintisbury.
I would like to express my extreme thankfulness to all of you who read, support, and advertise with the Montreal Dog Blog. It is you who make our Paw It Forward Campaign a huge success, and without you, we wouldn’t be able to donate so much to many deserving rescue groups and shelters who work tirelessly to save and improve the lives of our local rescue animals. Thank you!
This past year I had the chance to be a part of an amazing team of people who are working very hard to help animals who are in the rescue system. As some of you may already know, last February, the SPCA started an Enrichment Team, made up of twelve volunteers, to help assist in making the lives of the dogs and cats at the SPCA much less stressful, and to help make those who were languishing, to become more adoptable.
The program is multifaceted, and has grown in volunteers, enough so that now there are two teams, one for the dogs, and one for the cats. Some of the important work being done is to stimulate the animals during their stay at the shelter. Kennel life can be quite stressful for animals, and along with stress being unhealthy, it also can make animals less adoptable. Lowering stress, and increasing quality of life can matter so much to the lives of those living in a shelter environment.
Which is why I am choosing to donate my portion of our Paw It Forward Campaign, which is an astounding $600 to the Montreal SPCA Enrichment Team, so that they can purchase high quality intelligence toys, food puzzles and other stimulating toys for the animals at the shelter. While the SPCA does help fund the program, donations are counted on as well, and as we all know, there can never be too many donations!
The 6 month old boxer was in wonderful health, but had this cranial disfigurement- making him look like a Klingon from Startrek. Now, I am a Trekky, but found this lumpy hard material would make him harder to place. Fortunately, Boxer Rescue is one of those rescues who will allow us as their veterinarians to try things. I like surgery, and although did not guarantee success, they afforded me the opportunity to do my best. We staged the surgery into 2 parts- and removed one area of the massive lumps, allowing the skin to stretch, and then did the second part. I was thrilled that it did so well, and made the young boxer look like a boxer again. So I would like to donate $300 of my paw it forward to Boxer Rescue this year, thanking them for all they do to place boxers.
For the other ½, I would like to donate to the Kanahwake Animal Protection unit. With Deidra Whyte’s initiative and help, we have been able to start a spay/neuter program twice a month at the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic for the animals from the reserve. Deidra drives in, rain or shine, with a van full of crates with dogs and cats of all sizes and ages. We call them K-day and know it will be a rock and roll day. Little by little, with education and their dedication, we will help control the surpopulation of unwanted animals.
Thank you Montreal Dog Blog for allowing me to air my stories, and then allow me to help out some animal charities! A special thanks to Nat Lauzon – who as we all know, is a large part of it.