Dogs and cats have put aside all differences and come together for Pet Valu’s 10e birthday celebration to Virgil on Sunday.
The day passed in a somewhat fun carnival atmosphere, as tables and tents were set up in the parking lot.
Pet owners brought their furry friends to NOTL from all over Niagara for the party.
“Today is about thanking our customers,” Carol Thibault, owner of the Pet Valu franchise, told Virgil. She has worked at Pet Valu for 18 years and has owned Virgil’s for ten years.
Dozens of raffle prizes were available and many local organizations, like Grape Escape and Simba’s Salon, donated items.
“All of these amazing gifts were donated by local businesses,” said NOTL Cat Rescue volunteer Tanya Rice.
All of the money raised from Sunday’s raffle and barbecue — $2,892 — goes to the rescue, Rice said.
The money helps the organization cover veterinary costs, food, toys and anything a foster home might need to adopt a cat, she said.
“NOTL Cat Rescue provides volunteers with what they need to care for these kittens,” she said.
She has volunteered with the rescue for five years. Last year, she started fostering cats with her husband.
“I’ve been an animal lover all my life,” she said.
The rescue is always on the lookout for kind-hearted people who will open their homes to welcome a cat, she added.
In the store, the rescue had two black and white kittens – Toby and Tessa – who were available for adoption.
The SPCA and the Humane Society of Niagara were on hand with their mobile neutering and neutering clinic during the fundraiser. The mobile facility is sponsored by Pet Valu as part of its Giving Back program.
Microchipping – to track pets if they get lost – was also available.
The Virgil fundraiser was the first of the year for the mobile clinic as COVID reduced its operations since 2019.