Canadian Business Awards 2020

6 CORPORATE VISION / Canadian Business Awards 2020 Reverence for Life Anya (adopted) Orphaned at only four weeks old, Anya and her 4 siblings were abandoned in a cardboard box in the harsh winter of 2019. Upon arriving at the shelter, it was discovered that Anya’s chest was mis-shaped, flat and long rather than round and open. Without intervention, this would lead to the compression of her heart and lungs (which were already struggling), and eventually, organ failure. Most vets would consider a case like hers to be incurable, as there is no standard treatment for this, but we had to try something. After several days of research, our vet decided to attempt an experimental procedure to reshape her rib cage as she grew. He hand made a chest brace, which she wore over the next 7 weeks, with weekly adjustments to ensure she was comfortable and to maximize its effectiveness. There was no guarantee that this would work, but once the brace was removed and x-rays were done, we were thrilled to see that her organs were no longer restricted by her ribs, and she was expected to live out a normal, healthy life! One year later, Anya is enjoying life like a typical kitten, free of ailment. She now plays a supportive role to other fostered orphans in her forever (foster fail #3) home. Hugo (adopted) At 6 weeks old, Hugo was found alone outside, with a large infected wound in his cheek, presumably from an attack from another dog. He required and received surgery, had a draining tube inserted, prescribed medication, and placed in foster care with a staff member to recover. After several weeks of a variety of medications, two surgeries, and new draining tubes inserted, Hugo’s infection persisted. Samples were taken from his wound and sent off for laboratory testing, where a rare antibiotic resistant bacteria was discovered. Another new medication was prescribed and helped drastically, but yet again, the infection came back. Through more testing, ANOTHER antibiotic resistant bacteria was found, resulting in another new medication requiring a few more weeks of care. Though Hugo’s recovery was long and tedious, after 6 months of specialized care, he was finally healed! Adoption was a no-brainer to his foster mom, so Hugo gets to live a life full of love in his forever family, with his many fur siblings and now, foster siblings who he takes care of, just like he once was. these animals need. Through this arrangement supporters donate monthly amounts to the Shelter. These amounts range from $10.00 to $200.00 or more per month and are automatically transferred from banking accounts or credit cards to the Shelter. The donations are tax deductible. With the agreement of restaurant owners, retailers and other outlets suitably labelled coin collection canisters are placed throughout the City. Besides raising some money, this program helps to maintain awareness of the Shelter’s mission and work in the community at large. Sponsored craft sales events are held in a church basement courtesy of a local parish and some donations are received on an unscheduled basis in various amounts and are always helpful. There are significant benefits to be had from larger events as well. A golf tournament is held each summer at the Breezy Bend Golf and Country Club. This event includes prizes at each hole, a licensed dinner, speeches and an excellent opportunity for promoting the Shelter’s work. Similarly, an annual Paws for Life fundraising Gala is held in the Fall, featuring a licensed bar and full course dinner followed by live entertainment, silent and live auctions, the items for which are donated by local businesses, individuals and sports organizations. Occasionally moderate sums of money are gratefully and respectfully received through bequeaths left to the Shelter by kind and thoughtful people who have admired the work of the Shelter during their lifetimes. A small retail area on the Shelter’s premises raises some profit, and also enables staff members to educate customers regarding food, equipment and supplies applicable to caring for their beloved animals. As people intrinsically involved in the industry, Carla and her team have seen a distinct and positive change over time with regards to the acceptance of pets as beings with sentience, not products to be sold and bought. All “Pet Shops” selling cats or dogs in Winnipeg have been closed. Establishments have been opened geared to rescue and adoption, thus emulating the mission and work of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter. The “No Kill”