SPRINGHILL – The holidays are both a time of cheer and charity, and one local business operator isn’t forgetting sometimes our four-legged friends need a hand.
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Grrr-Rubby Dog Grooming client Karen Wood (left) dropped of a pet food donation to Shirley Sachs and Genevieve Greer, who are collecting pet food donations to be included in the Springhill Salvation Army’s assistance program for families with pets in need.
Shirley Sachs, owner and operator of Grrr-Rubby Dog Grooming in Springhill Junction, usually comes up with fundraiser of some sort during the holidays but this year marks the beginning of what could become an annual movement. It’s called Groomers 4 Grub and interest is taking off.
“This year I wanted to do something I can do every year and I know Christmas time is a time that can be tough on people, and people with pets need help, too,” Sachs said.
A call to the Salvation Army to see if they would distribute take pet food donations when they offer food assistance to families discovered not only was there a need for pet food donations, there had been a demand.
“I was thrilled because we never had pet food to offer before,” The Salvation Army’s Linda Clarke said. “Clients all year will ask if we have any cat food or dog food but we rarely do, so some of them sometimes give their pets their own food. This is wonderful because there a lot of pets going hungry with their owners.”
Of the 90 applications for food assistance the Salvation Army in Springhill received, a lot of them require pet food, too, Clarke said.
Enter Groomers 4 Grub. Sachs set up a donation box at her home business and both clients and pet-related businesses have been supporting the cause with food and cash donations towards pet food. On Thursday, Amherst business Pet Value provided several large bags of food towards the cause and the effort has received radio promotions courtesy of the Amherst Veterinary Hospital.
Taking the project on step further, Sachs issued a challenge to other groomers to do the same for their local area and collect pet food donations to compliment their community’s food-drives and food banks. Posh Pet Groom, run by Angela Forrester in Port Elgin, N.B., is one of the groomers who has brought Groomer 4 Grub into her community.
“She’s been doing very well,” Sachs said. “We met at Pet Value and split the donation. Angela has 40 homes on her list to take care of.”
Sachs long-term goal is for Groomers 4 Grub to become an annual tradition and she’s challenging groomers to join her and Forrester.
“Any groomer who want to use the logo and collect can,” Sachs said. “We want more groomers to focus in the own communities.”
To learn more or get in contact with Sachs, look for Grrr-Rubby Dog Grooming on Facebook or call 902-763-2152.