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Dog Run Funding Project – NEW UPDATES!

WAG’s Dog Run Project 2017 – Press Release March, 2017

Thanks to you, we have reached our goal of $40,000! This means we will have SOLID FENCING for our dogs in their new outdoor dog run and funding for Phase 1 is now officially complete!

Here is the funding breakdown for the entire Dog Run Project as of today:

Phase 1: SOLID FENCING
$10,000 The James Upton Foundation
$3155 Online Fundrazr Donations
$2127.84 Online Canada Helps Donations
$8675 In Shelter Donations
$500 Rotary Club Foundation Grant
$10,000 American Friends of Whistler Grant
$5542.16 Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Grant
GOAL: $40,000
TOTAL $40,000!!!!!

Phase 2: LANDSCAPING
$5000 The James Upton Foundation

Phase 3: DOG ENRICHMENT UNIT
$5000 The James Upton Foundation

Other: MARKETING
$5000 The James Upton Foundation

WAG would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all of our donors who have made Phase 1 possible:

A very special thank you to The James Upton Foundation: Without his initial enthusiasm and support for this project, we may never have gotten it off the ground! This $25,000 contribution is vital to the success of the overall project and we are honoured and grateful to have received this support.

The American Friends of Whistler: This generous contribution made a huge impact on our ability to reach our goal – thank you to our American friends and neighbors for this support.

The Rotary Club of Whistler for including us in their considerations and their extremely generous grant contribution.

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation: Your support for many of our projects has been an integral part of making this facility into one of the best animal shelters around!

Our community for their donations and overwhelming understanding and support of this important project.

Construction will be starting spring/summer 2017, so stay tuned for updates! If you would like to help our animals through the stressful construction process, become a shelter volunteer or foster home today! For more information, check out our website at www.whistlerwag.com

Thank you for your support!

WAG's Dog Run Funding Project - Update February 2017:

We have some FANTASTIC news to share!! The amazing people at the American Friends of Whistler have accepted our grant request for our new dog run, Phase One: Solid fencing! They have given us a major boost towards our goal by donating $10,000 towards this vital project.
THANK YOU, American Friends of Whistler, from every pup who will be able to use this outdoor space in the future!

PHASE 1: SOLID FENCING

$10,000 The James Upton Foundation

$3155 Online Fundrazr Donations

$1930 Online Canada Helps Donations

$7800 In Shelter Donations

$500 The Rotary Club Foundation Grant

$10,000 American Friends of Whistler Grant

GOAL: $40,000

CURRENT TOTAL: $34,457.84

 


WAG’s Dog Run Funding Project – Press Release December 11th, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that our Phase 1 of our dog run funding project is well on track to reach our goal of $40,000! Thanks to community donations, sponsors, and grants, we are confident that a new safe and secure dog run with solid fencing is in our future!

Here is the funding breakdown for the entire Dog Run Project as of today:

PHASE 1: SOLID FENCING

$10,000 The James Upton Foundation

$3155 Online Fundrazr Donations

$1930 Online Canada Helps Donations

$7800 In Shelter Donations

$500 The Rotary Club Foundation Grant

GOAL: $40,000

CURRENT TOTAL: $23,385

PHASE 2: LANDSCAPING

$5000 The James Upton Foundation

PHASE 3: DOG ENRICHMENT UNIT

$5000 The James Upton Foundation

OTHER: Marketing

$5000 The James Upton Foundation

WAG would like to take this opportunity to formally thank the following donors:

A very special thank you to The James Upton Foundation: Without his initial enthusiasm and support for this project, we may never have gotten it off the ground! This $25,000 contribution is vital to the success of the overall project and we are honored and grateful to have received this support.

Our community for their donations and overwhelming understanding and support of this important project.

The Rotary Club of Whistler for their extremely generous grant contribution.

We are also excited to announce that construction has been delayed, which means we can keep our existing dog run and trees for the winter and we will have more time to fund raise over the winter if needed!

Thank you again to our community, foundations, and donors…stay tuned for more updates!

The Rotary Club of Whistler stops by to make their generous donation...

WAG's DOG RUN FUDNING PROJECT:

Due to the Nesters and Garbage depot expansion, WAG is LOSING OUR OUTDOOR GRASS RUN AND TREES!!!

Though a new, smaller area has been proposed by the RMOW, WAG is in need of the community’s support to develop an outdoor dog run area that is SAFE, SECURE, and USABLE. By November 30th, WAG must raise a minimum of $40,000 from a variety of sources to ensure the dogs in their care will have the best possible support and safe access to the outdoors.
 
The proposed fencing option is chain link with dirt flooring, however...
 
“We believe a safe, protected and interactive outdoor place to socialize and exercise is vital for the health and happiness of our shelter dogs who call WAG home. We are looking to the Whistler community and visitors to support our fundraising for a safe and secure fence option,” says Lindsay Suckling, WAG Shelter Operations Manager.
 
A new dog run will be constructed at WAG; however, it will require a SOLID fence to ensure dog safety and wellbeing. WAG’s priority is the safety and welfare of its animals while also ensuring WAG remains a good neighbor in the Nesters area. 

Why is WAG choosing solid fencing?

 Solid fencing is vital for the health and wellbeing of the dogs and community as it:
 
1) Protects against garbage entering the dog run.
2) Protects against negative human and dog interactions, such as fingers being stuck through the bars, yelling, feeding of food, etc, often leading to increased frustration and reduced adaptability.
3) Reduces the risk of disease/illness transfer.
4) Solid fencing will be set 6 inches into the ground, preventing dogs from digging under the fence, or rats from digging in.
5) Reduce noise pollution (garbage trucks, traffic, bottles smashing, etc.). Many WAG dogs are fearful due to past neglect or abuse and will not be able to tolerate the noise.
6) Provide the dogs with a QUIET and SAFE space to:
-Socialize:training sessions, enrichment activities and play with each other, adopters, staff and volunteers, increasing adaptability and allowing more animals to be rescued.
-Comfortably relieve themselves. Many dogs in WAG’s care have never been on a leash and are scared to walk near the busy highway.
 
“WAG is committed to reducing kennel stress and to socialize our animals,” says Suckling. “Our dog-run has always been an essential space in maintaining our standards of animal welfare and socialization. Due to these unforeseen changes, the solid fence is of vital importance and we hope our Whistler community and broader dog-loving community will support us with our fundraising efforts.” 
More info on Simtek fencing: http://www.simtekfence.com/

Proposed Funding Sources:

  • Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Grant
  • Paws for Hope Organizational Development Grant
  • WAG’s online fundraising initiative: $8,000
  • RMOW Contribution: $5800 (cost of originally planned chain link fencing).
  • Individual Donors and Sponsorships: $1000 minimum (Possible sponsors: James Upton, Tanis Blench, Bruce Chan, Roger Barbee, Sharon Buchman) TOTAL: $35,000 +

Here’s what you can do to help the animals at WAG:

1) Donate to WAG to ensure a safe, outdoor space for our shelter dogs and puppies! Donations are accepted online at www.whistlerwag.com in person on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, over the phone and by mail.
2) Spread the word to your networks of our exciting new project and need for funding!
Join the WAG team as key member in one of the following ways:
3) Become a trained Shelter Volunteer. You can help the animals with enrichment activities, socialization, and walking.
4) Become a foster parent and help an animal get prepared for their forever home.
 

 What You are Funding:

 
Phase 1: Solid Simtek fencing option ($40,000)
 
Next spring, we hope to launch fundraising efforts to continue the development of our outdoor dog run. Any surplus funds made from Phase 1 fundraising efforts will carry over to fund:
 
Phase 2: Landscaping
 
There will be no grass, dirt, or trees in the new run,­­ which are a necessity for the health and wellbeing of our animals.
 
Phase 3: Interactive dog enrichment unit
 
The newly relocated dog area will be smaller than our previous one and square/rectangular. Many of our dogs are high energy or love to play fetch, and running is integral to using up excess energy and reducing frustration. In an effort to replace their ability to run, we are planning to build interactive structure for dogs, including features such as multi-level houses, ramps, stairs, perches, tug stations, and more.
 

The existing dog-run will be closed THIS FALL due to nearby expansion at the garbage depot and Nesters area. With the loss of the outdoor space WAG staff will need to focus more time and resources on animal welfare, enrichment, adoptions and training our shelter volunteers, and therefore will be making the following operational changes:

 -WAG will be open as an Adoption Centre and Educational Resource ONLY on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week, from 1pm to 4pm.
-The Drop-In Volunteer Program will be placed on hold as WAG focuses on recruiting trained Shelter Volunteers and Foster Homes for the enrichment and part time placement of WAG dogs.
 
Individuals who have enjoyed the Drop-In volunteer program in the past are encouraged to join the Shelter Volunteer program.
 
 

DONATE TODAY!

WAG is very fortunate to have amazing supporters, foster homes and volunteers.  We know WAG will be able to continue to enhance the lives of animals in WAG’s care with your ongoing assistance.  We thank you for your support!