‘Friends of Animals’ launch appeal

Press Release

After facing one of the harshest winters in several years, “Friends of Animals” members have decided to launch their annual Spring Appeal earlier in the season.
Even our mildest winters make everyday survival a challenge for homeless animals. But with this year’s record-breaking snowfall and frigid temperatures, the effects are even more devastating.
The number of emergency situations dramatically increases in the bitter cold, when animals face the risks of hypothermia, frostbite, and other serious ailments.
In some of the more severe frostbite cases, the prolonged suffering can result in the animal losing its ears or tail.
Anyone who has witnessed such brutal suffering would understand how difficult it is to turn away an animal in need. But the harsh reality is that these rescued animals are extremely costly to care for.
Currently, the local “Friends of Animals” has 18 cats and dogs in need of immediate veterinary care, including 14 spay/neuter surgeries.
In addition to these medical expenses, there also is the daily cost to feed and shelter the animals, which quickly can add up to thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, only a very small portion of these expenses are recouped in the adoption fees. That’s why the support of our local communities is so vital in our efforts to save more innocent lives.
There are many ways to support our Spring Appeal. In addition to financial contributions, foster homes always are needed to give our rescued pets the added care and attention only a loving family can provide.
Donations of pet food, non-clumping cat litter, blankets, and, of course, toys and treats always are appreciated.
And to help us fight the battle against pet-overpopulation, we urge you to be a “PAL” and “Prevent A Litter” by having your pet spayed or neutered.
In other news, “Friends of Animals” is gearing up for its spring craft sale and bazaar fundraiser, which will feature lots of sweet bargains and gift ideas for Easter and spring.
Contact us at P.O. Box 545, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8 or call 274-2144.
On behalf of the animals, we thank you for your generosity and kind support.