Between May and July, APEX helped coordinate seven animal shelter renovations across Canada as part of the Paws for the Plant program, a joint initiative by Purina and Evergreen to make the world a greener, safer place for people and their pets.
This year’s program included stops in Richmond, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Oakville, London and Dartmouth; over 200 volunteers from these communities pitched in to help create safe and sustainable spaces for shelter animals to enjoy while they wait for their forever homes.
On Saturday July 26th, APEX oversaw the final animal shelter makeover for this year’s Paws for the Plant program at D’Arcy’s ARC, a registered charity established in 2001 and committed to enabling pet adoptions that will last for life, providing shelter and veterinary care to each animal until a permanent, committed forever home is found though adoption.
The new outdoor space at D’Arcy’s ARC is all about making outdoor time for the staff and animals more fun than ever, and socializing the dogs before they move in with their adoptive families.
The renovation comprised building a canopy for shade and protection on rainy days, a living wall of green and to reduce wind, and a modular play platform to allow for jumping, climbing, or just hanging out for the four-legged residents of the shelter.
Despite the heavy afternoon rain, the team managed to make a lot of progress, and will complete the renovation today.
The builds were made possible thanks to the volunteers, shelter staff and representatives from Purina and Evergreen. Local and regional media were on-hand to capture the action at each of the builds.
Furry residents at shelters across the country are enjoying their new play areas, and now a dog’s (or cat’s) life doesn’t seem too shabby thanks to Purina and Evergreen!