Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity Paw-tner Up for Paw Fest

Habitat Humane Dog Event
Buddha and her human, Danielle Frayn, at Saturday's event. Superior Media.

Saultities and their four-legged, furry friends came out to the Roberta Bondar Pavilion on Saturday morning for Paw Fest – a fundraising event held by the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.

This event included the annual dog walk held by the Humane Society as well as a doghouse build and auction put on by Habitat for Humanity, and was the first time in four years that the two organizations came together for this cause.

“It was just a great partnership together,” Humane Society Volunteer Jaime Moss, who’s been volunteering for the past 10 years, told SaultOnline, “and we wanted a real festival feel to it.

“It seemed like a natural fit for us. They have the great doghouse build, and so with the dog theme and with the Humane Society, both very worthwhile charities and causes in Sault Ste. Marie, it just seemed like a natural fit to do the event together so that we have dog and animal lovers at both events.”

Moss said she thinks events like this are important to help raise the funds needed to help the Humane Society function.

“(These funds) help us to do a lot of programs at the Humane Society, help us do adoption programs, educational programs, and provide medical assistance to the animals in our care. All of that is provided completely donations and fundraising events.”

Buddha, a unique dog who was on ONNtv’s Mornings with Lou-Anne and Tim last year, was this walk’s Honourary Grand Marshall, meaning her and her owner, Danielle Frayn, led Saturday’s walk.

Frayn adopted Buddha last year after watching videos of her on Facebook, and says the two of them couldn’t be happier.

“There’s no difference,” she said, speaking of Buddha’s need for a wheelchair. “She’s just like some normal dog. She does everything that a normal dog can do, with modifications, but we’ve got our routine down and we’re enjoying life.”

Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area Resource Coordinator Pauline Pennett said 20 per cent of the proceeds raised from the dog house build will be going to the Humane Society.

Pennett said she thinks getting into the community through events like this is a good way to bring awareness to Habitat for Humanity and what they do.

“We want to make sure that the community realizes that there is a need for safe and decent affordable housing for people in the area, as well as homes for dogs too.”