Let's all put on our "thinking caps" and try to get something like this started in our own communities.
New shop hopes to give canines a good Christmas
Bark & Fitz, which recently opened at 4100 Strandherd Dr., is collecting gently used dog toys, leashes, water bowls, blankets, beds, and other assorted canine products to distribute to local dog rescues in the first week of January.
“People always do Santa drives for children’s toys, but there really isn’t a drive in Ottawa for pets,” says managing owner Gaetan Ladouceur. The main exception for donations is that they will not be collecting dog food.
The store is planning a grand opening on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will give a 15 per cent discount on purchases to people who donate to canine toy drive.
The items will be donated to local dog rescues such as BARK (Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines), Good Dog Rescue in Manotick and Hopeful Hearts.
The store sells high-end dog and a few cat products such as holistic foods and educational toys in a smaller setting with more personal services. Gaetan’s wife, Rosi, has also moved her 12-year-old grooming business from their home to the store.
Ladouceur describes the store as a family-run business, where his children Ashley, Cory, Andrew and his son-in-law AJ Mouchet all work together with him and his wife.
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