For the second consecutive year Tails of Help (TOH) had a booth at the Edmonton Humane Society’s (EHS) major fundraiser “Pets in the Park”. The event was organized by EHS at William Hawlerak Park in Edmonton on Sunday June 28. This experience was even better than our first time there last year. It was also even hotter and we really were “hot dogs” by noon in the exhibitor tent.
This year Royal Canin (RC) became a premier corporate sponsor for Tails of Help. Juliana from RC was on hand to volunteer at our booth and RC generously donated dog and cat treats to give out. We were also heavily promoting our TOH inaugural golf tournament coming this September 11 and we had lots of interest. One lady said she was going to buy a golf tournament admission for her husband for his birthday.
There were many people going by the booths and they all had positive things to say when they heard about our motto “Keeping pets healthy and with their loving families”. Other humane groups and rescue societies were also very supportive of our work.
The very best part of volunteering at Pets in the Park this year was that we heard personal stories from our visitors about how Tails of Help had provided financial aid for family members, or other people that they knew, when they were in need for essential treatment for their pets. One lady told us how Tails of Help had helped her brother with his pet, and how happy the entire family was that our charity is there for support. They were extremely appreciative and thrilled that we existed. As a volunteer it was wonderful to know that TOH was making such a big difference for the lives of people and their pets. It really made all the hard work and support, of our many volunteers, donors, sponsors, and many veterinary clinics who have supported us, seem so worthwhile.
Seeing all the companion animals and their happy owners at Pets in the Park is always so exciting. Some of these pets are owned by people that receive Alberta government financial support through the Assured Income for the Severely Disabled program (AISH). These pets were such happy and loved animals and their owners cherish them deeply. When talking with these owners about Tails of Help, and that part of our focus is to provide financial assistance to qualifying AISH recipients in need for essential veterinary care, they were so happy. They told us how important their dog or cat was to them and what a difference it makes in their lives.
Tails of Help really makes a difference to both people and pets. That is why our volunteers enjoy it so much — we can really see the positive results it makes in the lives of Alberta pets and their families. We need your help to continue and to grow this support for Alberta families in need when they have ill or injured pets. Please consider giving your support by volunteering, or donating, at www.tailsofhelp.ca/give . Thank you!