Monday, May 07, 2007
(Front page above the fold)
Sheltered dogs deserve to be pampered;
Promotion ties literature and pet suppliers to adoption
Welland and District Humane Society's Tammy Gaboury, left, with English bull terrier Buttercup, meets with author Marsha Boulton, who has brought forward incentives to adopt a dog this week.
Photo: GREG FURMINGER/ STAFF
Author Marsha Boulton has a good read on need for adoption of stray, abused and neglected dogs.
Boulton, a Stephen Leacock Medal winner for humour writing, visited Welland and District Humane Society yesterday to promote "Wally's Week," named for her nine-year-old bull terrier Wally and subject of one of her books, Wally's World Life with Wally the Wonder Dog.
From Wednesday to May 16, anyone who adopts a dog from the Welland or Niagara Falls shelter will receive a copy of her book and a gift bag that includes Pet Valu products and Old Mother Hubbard dog treats.
"It's unique," the Harriston, Ont., resident says of her promotion that ties literature and pet suppliers to adoption.
She was inspired to launch the adoption promotion last year, while en route to the Seaway Kennel Club dog show in Thorold.
"I was thinking how great it would be to see all these pampered dogs.
"Then I thought about the other side."
Sheltered dogs deserve to have homes and be pampered, too, she says. Boulton hopes over time her promotion will be embraced provincewide. "It's a great cause."
Welland humane society board secretary Shirley Cohen welcomes Boulton's initiative.
"We really appreciate her involvement, and the involvement of the sponsors," Cohen says.
"We have so many wonderful dogs here that deserve homes."
On Sunday, there were 14 dogs awaiting adoption at the Provincial Street animal shelter.