President’s Corner

 

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at phroetz@aol.com.  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1952399724833150/

 

Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at jill@pause4pawsmn.org or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.

President’s corner


From Terry Libro, MWCR President Event Coordinator

2018 MWCR election

Thank you for voting in the 2018 MWCR election and giving MyLinda Anderson and myself the opportunity to continue for another two years in our roles as Secretary and President.  It is an honor for both of us to work on behalf of the organization and our collies to make a difference in the lives of the sweet dogs and their adopters.  We look forward to working with all of you to make MWCR an even greater organization.

New services for MWCR

The Board is continuing to review all of the thoughtful suggestions for new services that members made.  We’re in the process of selecting the first services and determining the best approaches for implementation.  Providing dog food to all foster homes, either through the donated food program or through products ordered by MWCR, will be our first new service.  As we roll out new services, we’ll need additional volunteers to help with the processes, so watch for volunteer opportunities.

Auctions, auctions, and more auctions

MWCR recently learned that we’ve been selected by AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES! Facebook group to be the next recipient of funds from their online auction.  AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES! donated $500 to MWCR in 2016 and plans to raise $1000 for us in 2018.  Please visit their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/groups/HelpSadieandSargent/?ref=group_cover.  In order to participate in the auction, you must register to join the group.  After being approved, select Discussion to learn more about the items and the bidding process.  Cathy Pupo, who runs the auctions, adds new items daily so check back often and bid generously.  AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES! has a reputation for providing quality items and has been very successful in raising funds for collie rescues.

Thank you, Cathy, for your generosity and dedication to collies and collie rescue groups.  Collie rescues across the country have benefited from Cathy’s knowledge, expertise, and generosity.

In addition, MWCR member Linda Riegger and her team are organizing the second MWCR Online Auction which will run from May 23 – 27.  More details will be shared next month.