Director’s Message

If we went by the calendar, Spring is just around the corner and we will soon be able to breath a collective sight of relief. This winter has been especially severe not only for the humans but also for the pets in our community. Generally, animals in the wild can naturally survive harsh conditions, but our beautiful pets that we have domesticated over the centuries are completely dependent on us for their welfare. Their fur is no protection for the vulnerable parts of their bodies including ears, tails and paws. An alarming number of pets have arrived at the Shelter this year suffering from frostbite and needing immediate and careful treatment.
Many of these problems were preventable and resulted from negligence, which in itself constitutes a form of cruelty. The ensuing medical bills have been enormous and in many cases are outstanding.

On a positive note October this year marks the Shelter’s 20th Anniversary. Our lofty “No- Kill” mission, established in 1999, was widely regarded as mission impossible. However, due to the wonderful and ongoing support of our citizens the Shelter remains in operation, and a huge amount of suffering has been eased.

It has been and remains an honour for me, my staff and volunteers to be serving in our community. You have my promise that the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter will continue with a stringent “No-Kill” policy, and will adhere to a sacred Reverence for Life.

This short message is written in response to several recent request for regular updates on the Shelter’s activities and events. Your feedback would be most welcome.

With warm regards, Carla Martinelli-Irvine
Founder & Executive Director