Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter Needs Donations – Our Communities

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The Winnipeg Pet Shelter needs your help.

The no-kill shelter at 3062 Portage Avenue will remain open, but has made several changes to its daily operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government shutdown has greatly affected the shelter, which cares for animals like dogs and cats.

Without donations, the center struggles to pay expensive medications and veterinary bills for the animals it cares for.

Photo Provided A photo of Jack, one of the dogs at the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter. Jack had to undergo major skin surgery when he was brought to the shelter.

Carla Martinelli-Irvine, founder and executive director of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, said many animals are in their care and need major surgery.

“There’s Jack, a beautiful dog who arrived in one of the worst conditions we’ve ever seen,” Martinelli-Irvine said. “He came in with two others, while they managed to get better, Jack deteriorated. He needed a lot of skin surgery, shoulder to shoulder. We put tubes in… It cost us about $5,000 to do it, and there are more (surgeries) to come.

The shelter has been deemed an essential service by the province, so it can remain open. They have adopted a number of new policies for guests, such as limiting capacity to eight people at a time and sanitizing their building regularly. Martinelli-Irvine said he’s seen a big reduction in foot traffic, which means fewer people coming to adopt and fewer people donating to keep the shelter running.

Martinelli-Irvine said many of their animals, like Jack, need constant care to stay healthy. A medicine they need for their cats costs $275 per bottle. The shelter raises funds through donations, fundraising events and sales from their store.

With all of their fundraisers canceled due to the pandemic, the shelter is asking residents for all the help they can provide.

Martinelli-Irvine said now is the perfect time to adopt a pet.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of having a pet at home. Especially during (the COVID-19 pandemic), a pet can bring great comfort to anyone stuck at home,” she said.
“We have to help each other, but these animals also need our help. This is a great opportunity to adopt.

Martinelli-Irvine praised its staff and volunteers for believing in their mission. Their staff continues to work during the pandemic to care for animals in need.

Martinelli-Irvine said donors have a number of options, including their Helping Hero program, a monthly donor program that can help keep the shelter operational at low cost. All donations are tax deductible.

The shelter has posted a wish list of items it needs, including kitty litter, bleach, cat food and more.

She is also looking for financial donations to continue caring for her animals.

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