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Pet owners will once again have an opportunity to introduce their furry friends to jolly St. Nick at the Paw-ctures with Santa fundraiser presented by I’mPerfect Activity Room in Brantford on Sunday, October 23. 

Victoria Campbell, owner of I’mPerfect Activity Room, said she is excited to host the event for the first time in support of an organization close to her heart. 

“All of the proceeds of the event will go to Sato Saved End of the Line Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation,” she said. “My household is big into animals, and after losing one of ours to cancer,  we came across Sato Saved. We adopted a dog from her in August, and also took in a foster. We’re just trying to raise money to help her get out of debt and continue to help any animals that are surrendered and medically unwell.”

Sato Saved End of the Line Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation is a privately run home and foster-based not for profit rescue located in the Brantford area, but extends all over Ontario and beyond, operated by Cassia Bryden. They take in dogs that are at the “end of the line” or extreme risk/medical cases and some behavioural cases if we have space and foster ability. 

“She has been so inundated with all kinds of animals,” Campbell said about Bryden. “She really needs our support, she is spending $450 a month just on preventative care like flea and tick medication for the animals. She has to turn away animals, which has to be so difficult but she is stretched thin with money and resources.”

All of the money raised at the event will go towards supporting Sato, to catch up on debts, purchase food and other necessities, and continue to pay for medical care. 

Campbell said that she is looking forward to seeing the community come out to support the event with their animal friends.

“This event is fun because everybody gets something out of it,” she said. “People get pictures with their pets rather than just handing over money. Our Santa and our photographer, Sunny Stills, are donating their time so more money can go towards the cause. Any pets can come, bring your lizard or iguana, bird, cat, whoever you’d like to meet Santa.”

Campbell also said that she hopes the event will raise awareness for the organization so that support will continue year round. 

Photo time slots will be first-come, first-served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For a $25 donation, attendees will receive one high-resolution digital image of their pet with Santa. More images can be purchased the day of the event. All participants will also receive a $5 coupon for I’mPerfect Activity Room.

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