Everyone needs help in the Northwest Territories.
That includes our furry, little friends.
Pawsitive Impact Yellowknife, in support of the NWT SPCA, held their first annual Pet Food Drive on June 24th. The event was held in the Brick parking lot.
The final total ended up being 1600 lbs of pet food. That amount will be donated to homes in the North.
President of the SPCA, Nicole Spencer, says that a lot of pets in the North don’t meet their nutritional and dietary needs because of the prices:
“[In some Northern towns] a 15 kg bag of dog food can go for $100. That’s a lot of money for anybody. Food for people is expensive up here, so when you have to buy your family food, let alone your pet food, the pet’s suffer. It’s too bad. Something needed to be done.”
The mastermind behind Pawsitive Impact Yellowknife’s role in the food drive, Breanna Beaudoin, saw a Facebook post about pets in the North not being able to eat. She decided it would be her task to help change that:
“I thought about what it’d be like to not be able to feed my pets; my dogs. I’d be devastated and having to face that kind of cost for something that’s just so normal to me, I really wanted to make sure that I could ease the burden.”
Beaudoin had always wanted to help her community; however, she didn’t know in what way that would end up being.
“When I saw that post, an impulse just took over. I went around to get sponsors and people on board and everything took off from there.”
Beaudoin’s hoping to do the food drive again, but she’s unsure if it’s going to be annual or bi-annual.
“1600 lbs is a good start and I’m very happy with it; but, we need more. I’m hoping to be that last resort, someone that will be there if things run out.”
To learn more about Pawsitive Impact, visit their Facebook Page!
To donate to the SPCA, click here!