Media coverage boosts shelter’s food drive

Andrew Robinson
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Heavenly Creatures still needs cash donations for animal care

In the days since The Telegram shared news of an animal welfare group’s need for help with its annual Christmas pet food and donations drive, the Heavenly Creatures’ office on Cashin Avenue in St. John’s has received a steady stream of visitors.

Bailey is a young, stray, impounded dog. Heavenly Creatures is trying to find the
female dog a foster home before it’s too late. — Telegram file photo

“We’re very touched by everybody’s support,” said president Jessica Rendell, taking a break from a busy Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s heartwarming to know that there are still animal lovers out there who do also care about the homeless animals in our community.”

By the end of last week, Heavenly Creatures was down to a few boxes of tinned cat food. It was looking after 120 cats and 20 dogs. Rendell said that situation has improved with respect to wet cat food, but Heavenly Creatures said there’s a steady demand.

“We could still use more, because the thing is with this food is it has to last for several months, because I don’t think we’ll be able to do a food drive until at least April. With the high volume of animals that we have coming in, while it may look like a lot (of food) that we have here, it’s going to go pretty quickly.”

The biggest need for the organization now is donations to help cover veterinarian bills. It owed $20,000  to clinics in Mount Pearl and St. John’s as of Saturday. Rendell said the group has just accepted a cat likely requiring medical attention that will cost $2,000.

Heavenly Creatures has also been search for people willing to foster animals. While more people have come forward in recent days to offer help, Rendell said most have only been willing to look after dogs.

“We’re actually desperate for cat foster parents. We just got word that there’s some new arrivals at some of the pounds, and if at all possible we would really like to have pounds empty for Christmas. We hate to think of animals miserable and alone in pounds during the holidays.”

Heavenly Creatures’ office was initially scheduled to be open for evening hours only this week until Friday — it will close for the holidays next week after Sunday — but the group has since decided to be open from 12-9 p.m. for the remainder of this week and from 12-7 p.m. over the weekend.

“There has been all kinds of people looking to come over now,” said Rendell.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • Steve
    December 18, 2013 - 08:27

    Thanks for sharing this. Donated!