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Puppies steal hearts at rescue fundraiser

Puppy love the source of spring fundraiser that brings four local rescue organizations together.

THUNDER BAY -- “Who doesn’t love puppies?”

The rhetorical question posed by Kristine Barr was the motivation behind Gone to the Dogs and Cats Spring Market.

“Look at the cute face,” Barr said, while holding a soft grey puppy named Cookie. “I don’t even have to add to that.”

The event, formerly known as the Paws 4 Love spring fundraiser, now encompasses three more charity organizations that help in animal rescues, including Thunder Dog Rescue, Northern Reach, and Caring Hearts Cat Rescue.

“It’s all for the good of the dogs,” Barr said. “We want to make them happy.”

On Saturday, the West Thunder Community Centre was filled with people, vendors, live music, and the main attraction: puppies.

Barr is the lead volunteer of the market, and works closely with Paws 4 Love.

The group takes in rescue dogs from northern communities and provides them enough care to be healthy for adoption. On Saturday, all Paws 4 Love dogs were up for adoption.

“We really try and work one-on-one to find the perfect home for the dog, and the perfect fit for the person adopting.”

The donations raised from the event helps fund vaccinations, veterinary bills, and spay and neutering.

Michael Charlebois

About the Author: Michael Charlebois

Michael Charlebois was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where he attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 2015. He attends Carleton University in Ottawa where he studies journalism.
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