Thanks to fellow blogger and animal lover Susan from West of Mars, I was made aware of an animal shelter in Canada, The Humane Society of Durham Region , that recently experienced a devastating fire which killed many animals and left the shelter in the process of becoming operational again. This is a horrible tragedy and since I have many Canadian visitors to my blog, I wanted to let you know of an event happening on January 17th to help raise funds for this shelter. If you're in the area, mark your calendars and help out this shelter in desperate need! There is also information on how to donate to help them on their website - click on the shelter name above.
The following was taken from Bravewords.com regarding this event:
On 18 December 2008, tragedy struck. A fire ripped through the Durham Region Humane Society in Oshawa, Ontario killing 140 animals sheltered there...a horrible end for what may have been the start to a bright future.
SPCA spokesperson Alison Cross said, "The facility was destroyed. Many animals lost their lives during the fire and it has been very traumatic for the staff and volunteers -- they spend every day trying to give these animals a second chance, and then to have something like this happen is just devastating."
Now, in a positive response to such a tragic event, the music community is coming forward to help out in the best way it can. Aptly named, "Gimme Shelter: A Rock n Roll Benefit for the Humane Society of Durham Region", musicians are lending a hand by playing for 8 hours of continuous music. The event will also host auctions of original artwork, music memorabilia, vouchers from local businesses and door prizes to raise money to help the Humane Society rebuild.
Already confirmed are: • classic rockers MOXY (ft. Russ Graham of the KILLER DWARFS) • pop icon Bob Segarini • 80s tribute band DA BOMB • MOVIN' ON • alt rockers THE SEVENATE • more bands to be announced shortly.
The event has been endorsed by the Humane Society of Durham Region and is being held at The Wing Shack Bar & Eatery, 1121 Dundas Street East, Whitby, Ontario on January 17th, 2009 from 6pm to 2am. Admission is a donation of $15.