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ADHS hosts “Cause for the Paws” at Gibson Centre raises $10K for animals

May 12, 2022   ·   0 Comments

On Saturday, May 7, the Gibson Centre for Arts & Culture was transformed into a gala space for the “Cause for the Paws” fundraiser, hosted by the Alliston & District Humane Society (ADHS).

In all, 160 people attended, raising approximately $10,000 – through ticket sales and silent auction bids – for animals in need.

Sponsoring Saturday’s event was FM 92 South Simcoe, the local Alliston radio station, and the many local businesses that donated silent auction items and other prizes for raffle.

Volunteers helped with setup, and stayed to ensure things ran smoothly for guests throughout the night.

“The shelter is currently full,” said Sherri Wilson of the ADHS on the need for ongoing fundraisers. “We have rabbits, cats and dogs – with some in foster care as well – and we’re always need of pet food.”

Wilson added that the ADHS is currently in “Kitten Season” so kitten food, both wet and dry, is very much needed, as are puppy pads and kitten toys.

“The shelter always requires dog, puppy, cat, and kitten food, as well as rabbit food,” said Wilson. “The shelter also needs cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, soap, Kleenex, plastic bags, and Canadian Tire Money.”

Wilson told The Times the ADHS has a complete list of essential needed items on the website ( and is accepting empty liquor bottles for return.

“We have an area at the shelter where bottles can be dropped off,” she confirms.

The next event for the ADHS is the Annual Woof Walk, held in September (definitive date had not been announced at press time) at Earl Rowe Provincial Park. 

“We will have a table at the Alliston Potato Festival as well,” said Wilson. “And we’ll be doing Fall Family & Pet Photos in October and November outside at our beautifully decorated shed, donated by The Shed Company on Hwy 89. We will also be doing family pet Santa & Christmas photos outside sometime late November, into early December.”

Wilson says the post-pandemic fallout with pets acquired during lockdowns has resulted in a number of animals being relinquished to the shelter.

“People have been called back to work so we’re getting a lot of calls for pet rabbits that people have just released to the wild, and they cannot survive on their own, so please do not release pet rabbits on their own to the elements,” said Wilson.

The ADHS is contacting all those who won silent auction items, and is accepting donations year-round to support the shelter’s ongoing needs.

By Wendy Gabrek


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