Stuff the Bus for animal rescues

Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer

Adopting or fostering a pet is not an option for everyone, but by donating to the Stuff the Bus for Animal Rescues fundraiser, animals in shelters can receive the food, toys and treats they need.

The fundraiser will be held at the Peterbilt parking lot located at 505 McIrvine Rd in Fort Frances from 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 19. All of the items donated will be given to local animal rescue organizations, including Paws and Claws Fort Frances.

Shannon Carlson, organizer of the fundraiser, has two rescue dogs of her own and has written a children’s book called Jack the Husky gets Rescued to bring awareness to pet adoption.

Carlson said helping animals is a passion of hers and is one of the reasons that she decided to create this fundraiser.

Carlson initially planned to have the fundraiser in April, but due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, she chose to postpone it.

To ensure the safety of everyone donating, there will be a table set up in front of the school bus donated by Dimit Bus Lines where the donations will be kept, signs to keep people distanced in case of a lineup, and masks are mandatory.

To make sure that shelters are receiving what they need, Carlson has created a ‘wish list’ of donation items to fill the bus with.

The items on the list include new or used blankets, leashes and collars for small and large dogs & cats, dog and cat food (wet and dry), dog treats, non-clumping kitty litter, latex gloves, black garbage bags, food storage clear baggies (all sizes), and dog toys. The list and event details are posted on Carlson’s business Facebook page, Jack’s Natural Dog Products.

Carlson asks that those donating used items wash them beforehand and make sure that the items are not ripped or falling apart.

Carlson said this is important because rescue groups have a challenging job in rescuing, caring for and adopting out animals in need. As well, she said this is an opportunity to spread awareness of pet adoption and animal rescue.

“These groups do such good work, whether they’re a big group or a little tiny group,” Carlson said.

This is the first year of the Stuff the Bus for Animal Rescues fundraiser but Carlson said she is hoping to make it an annual event.

For those who are unable to donate in person, Carlson has set up a ‘Stuff the Bus for Animal Rescues’ GoFundMe page where people can make a monetary donation which will then go to the rescue groups.