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Woof report: We raised $6K in one day!

March 31, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek


The Alliston & District Humane Society hosted its second annual “Raise the Woof” dinner and dance at the Alliston Legion on Saturday, March 24.

The event, attended by more than 160 people (100 more than in 2017) raised almost $6,000 and proceeds will be used to offset the never-ending veterinarian bills incurred by the no kill shelter.

Event co-organizer Rhonda Doucette told The Times she was very pleased with the outcome of the evening, and is glad to be able to catch up on costs associated with animals who are often surrendered in bad shape.

“We have this one dog in our care that I should mention, her name is Sage,” said Doucette. “She was found tied to a training facility fence, and was still giving milk when we found her.”

Sage, who had almost starved to death, was taken into care last June, and is just now well enough to be spayed.

“All of her hair fell out and her feet had swollen to three times their normal size and were bleeding,” said Doucette.

It turned out that Sage had severe allergies, and four different types of bacteria – including E. Coli and sepsis. She has since completed a 26-week run of antibiotics and is on the mend, but the ADHS knows it will still be a challenge to find Sage her forever home.

“She still has allergies, and doesn’t like other dogs, plus, she isn’t house trained,” said Doucette.

Also working against Sage is her breed – she a Cane Corso, a large intimidating breed also known as the “Italian Mastiff.”

Stories like Sage’s are what motivate the many volunteers to give of their time to help the animals who can’t help themselves. And the amazing outpouring of support for raise the Woof – from the massive silent auction to the jam packed room – is just one way the community, and local businesses, are giving back.

Event sponsors for 2018 are: Oasis Nails & Spa, Alliston Mill Market, The Circle Theatre, Pet Smart Newmarket, Apex Plumbing Decor, Canadian Tire Alliston, Nottawasaga Inn & Resort, The Whistle Stop Restaurant, Sunset Grill Alliston, Derek Kowalczyk, Alliston Botanix, Sandra Powley, Wayne Jones, Taylor’s Jewellers, Halibut House, Pet Value Alliston, The Pet Grocer, Natalie Zoratto, Don Shannon, Adam Hutchinson, Smart Style Hair Salon, Jackie Jamieson, Country Depot, Home Hardware Alliston, The Beach House Spa & Wellness, TSC Stores Alliston, Bradford Greenhouses Ltd., Imagine Theatre, Mr. Gigi’s Italian Restaurant, Da Grazia Ristoranté, Murphy’s Farm Market, The Gibson Centre, Tobi Montana, Oliver & Bonacina Restaurants, Kitchen Motors Barrie, Sally’s Nail Salon, Brisco’s Furniture, Susan Zoratto, The Dog Nanny, Keri Hutchinson, Edith Steinmayr, Gail Garisto, Lisa Walsh, Santanna and Dan Brodie, Alliston Smiles Family Dentistry, Craig Butcher Team – Remax Realty, Royal Canin, CIBC Alliston, Lush Cosmetics, WPCI Bell Mobility – plus a number of silent donors who gave generously throughout the evening.

Upcoming events for the ADHS include:

  • Walk-a-Dog-a-Thon –  June 2, 2018at Earl Rowe Park. Time TBA. Event details on the website.
  • Open House at the Shelter – The second and fourth Saturdayeach month from noon until 4 p.m.
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration – Coming soon. Watch the ADHS Facebook page for more details.

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