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Angel’s Rest dog hospice gets $5,000 boost
Christine Van Moorsel, who owns and operates the dog hospice, holds a canine called Gracie, who has a tumour. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Angel’s Rest Dog Rescue and Sanctuary raised about $5,000 for the dog hospice at its second annual fundraiser Saturday.

Around 200 people attended the event, which featured a garage sale, a bake table and barbecue.

“The nice thing about this community, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is that people are so giving and understanding and supportive,” said Jane Lavacca, whose mother, Christine Van Moorsel, owns the sanctuary.

Angel’s Rest, at 1079 Queenston Rd., provides a home for small sick or dying dogs whose owners have died or can no longer take care of them.

Van Moorsel, who has operated the sanctuary since 2008, said the fundraiser helps keep the hospice going as the organization is supported through donations and funded by Van Moorsel herself.

Donations of senior dog food and puppy pads are always welcome. Van Moorsel said the preferred hours to drop them off are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With 14 dogs to take care of, she said holding a yard sale is a lot of work, too.

It can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 a year to feed one dog, Lavacca said, and each dog eats almost one can of dog food a day. The vet bills and medication can also cost a lot as some dogs have been abused or have major medical problems – from tumours to pulled teeth.

Last year, the organization raised $2,600. This year’s proceeds bring a lot of relief, said Lavacca.

Lord Mayor Betty Disero stopped by in the morning to learn more about the sanctuary and show her support.

“I’m happy to contribute and try to give some more awareness in the community,” Disero told The Lake Report. “Because, look what this wonderful family is doing. And we all need to help.”

York Road resident Michelle Lament said Van Moorsel is doing “something a lot of people wouldn’t want to get involved with.”

Queenston Road residents Anne and Lou Mierzwa shared the same sentiment, saying Van Moorsel’s work is “so important.”

Two members of a dog rescue group from St. Catharines, Wayne Parkhouse and Heather Hurst, brought puppy pads, some food and treats for the dogs.

“She has a tremendous setup here. Big heart to open her home up to so many dogs, older dogs, that can’t be placed anywhere,” Hurst said.

Van Moorsel said her experience operating her own daycare in Niagara Falls taught her the patience needed to take care of the dogs.

But when it gets hard, the dogs give her strength. “They’re just like family.”