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P.E.I. chapter of Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team holding S'PAW day

Ron McConnell and his horse Rio appear in this undated photo in British Columbia. McConnell and his wife, members of the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART), moved to P.E.I. from B.C. six months ago and plan to start up a CDART chapter on the Island that will serve Atlantic Canada.
Ron McConnell and his horse Rio appear in this undated photo in British Columbia. McConnell and his wife, members of the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART), moved to P.E.I. from B.C. and started a CDART chapter on the Island that serves Atlantic Canada. - Contributed

The P.E.I. branch of the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) is hosting “Day at the S’Paw’’ on Saturday, July 14, at its Stratford location.

The event takes place at 9 Kinlock Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People are asked to bring a furry friend for some cuddling and special treatment with all funds raised donated to the Atlantic chapter of CDART. Money raised will be used to help the group purchase emergency response equipment.

Services available will include a dog wash, nail trim and basic grooming, provided by CDART volunteers. Prices range from $20 to $30, depending on which items owners want for their fur babies. All services are to be paid in cash only.

CDART responds to disasters and emergencies that require the evacuation of pets and domestic livestock, sheltering and reuniting animals with their families when it is safe to return home.

CDART spokesman Ron McConnell said last summer alone, CDART shelters in B.C. took care of almost 2,000 animals during the province’s forest fires.

The P.E.I. chapter has already responded in New Brunswick to aid in the flood relief efforts this past spring.

For more information, visit the CDART Atlantic Facebook page or call 902-439-2262.

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