International Day of Charity: How our teams give back
September 5, 2023
The International Day of Charity (September 5) was established by the United Nations to encourage and mobilize people, organizations, and stakeholders worldwide to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
Whether through nail trim fundraisers, adoption events, food donation drives, or participating in our Community Grants program, our hospital and Home Office teams give back in unique and meaningful ways.
Below are recent charity campaigns championed by our teams across the network:
- Animal Medical Centre North (Grand Prairie, AB) held a blood bank drive this spring where a total of 12 furry friends donated to the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB). These contributions are important to the community, and it could have never happened without the courageous pets.
“Now we have an exemplary donor list to utilize when in need. The Canadian Animal Blood Bank was incredibly happy with the turnout. It allowed us to connect with the community and build relationships with the CABB in times of need.” Darryl Haugen, RVT
- Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital (Okotoks, AB) supported a cause near and dear to their team’s hearts in honour of Team Katie and Brooke, fundraising more than $18,000 for the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Dr. Pavol, who recently lost his stepdaughter to cancer, and whose other stepdaughter is currently undergoing treatment, was joined by Practice Manager Tanya. Both of them participated in the ride, completing 175 km in two days.
- Hôpital vétérinaire Évolution Énergie (Shawinigan, QC)
This team participated in Journée nationale de la stérilisation animale in Quebec by spaying and neutering 40 cats in their community free of charge.
- Hôpital vétérinaire des Prairies (Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, QC)
This hospital raised $1,259 for Les Chiens TOGO, a charitable organization that helps people living with serious difficulties affecting their quality of life. The non-profit works with certified professionals in psychology, psychoeducation, and special education. They provide their beneficiaries with trained service dogs, many of whom have been rescued from shelters.
- Riverview Animal Health Centre (Moncton, NB) participated for the second year in a row in the Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival, raising $2,500 for the Lions Sick Children’s Fund. The charity offers financial support for New Brunswick families and their children, whose means are surpassed by medical and treatment expenses.
Our teams are positively impacting the people and animals in the communities we serve. We’re also feeling the benefits internally across our network.
“The camaraderie, determination, and sheer joy we experienced throughout the event were truly unforgettable. We can’t wait to paddle back next year for another memorable adventure!” said Cali Hicks, Associate Practice Manager.
As part of our commitment to the Positive Pawprint strategy, we will continue to encourage our Home Office team members and our more than 370 clinics to give back to charities and non-profit organizations and causes year-round.
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