Main picture: Pictured is faithful dogwalker Cheri Sharrow, a longtime NFHS volunteer, with Douglas (more information on Douglas below). Cheri enjoys spending time with the dogs no matter what the weather, and always gives us insight into what makes each one tick.


I spent the weekend at the Home and Garden Show at the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara Falls. Our thanks to the Showtechnology company who always offers us a free spot and supports us. It’s a welcome opportunity to talk about what’s happening currently in our work and what’s coming up.

I had an animal video that one of my colleagues had created, and watching the sympathy, smiles and emotions on people’s faces watching it really reminded me how much animals bring to all our lives. I loved hearing happy adoption stories all weekend. As you might imagine, I’m a failed foster mom myself, and I am grateful daily for my little dog’s enthusiastic greeting every morning, and his absolute joy to see me at the end of the day.

Our pets are constant, up close reminders for us to “stop and smell the roses”, (or maybe to just take a moment to play) when life gets too serious or busy.
Anyone who has pets will tell you that their furry friends add a lot of joy and benefit to their lives. Pets provide unconditional love and companionship to their human families. Pets can help to relieve stress, depression and anxiety, they reduce loneliness, they encourage socialization and physical activity, and they provide purpose.

We’re working hard, as always, to help shelter pets find their forever families. We care about both the animals and the humans, and we want to help you find just the right match so that everyone can live their “happily-ever-after” story. If you’re looking for a pet, visit the Mega Adoptathon April 25-28 at PetValu on Vansicle Rd in St. Catharines. Check our websites to view all the profiles of the animals currently available for adoption.( and

Mark your calendars! The Welland Home Show is April 26-28 at the Welland Arena, come and visit our booth. We will also have a booth at Pet Expo June 15-16. There is a microchip clinic on May 11 at the TSC store on Niagara St. in Welland. The OSPCA provincial conference is June 2-4 and is open to the public for the very first time. Contact me for information. And most important is Gala 2019 on Nov. 2. With a medieval theme, it’s going to be quite a party.

Doug in the main picture, is a transfer from North Carolina. He is a one year old hound/retriever mixed breed. He is a happy-go-lucky, enthusiastic pup who gives kisses, and loves to play and cuddle. He is well mannered for such a young fellow, and is easygoing and good with other dogs. He’s a bit of a chatterbox, so apartment living is not advised.

Contact me for information about any of our events, or if you are interested in helping. Or if you just want to tell me your pet story. I’m always happy to listen.

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