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Paws dog shelter to hold online fundraiser

Paws dog shelter will hold a fun online event this week to raise cash for the charity.

The Paws, ‘Easter Extravaganza’, will now take place via Zoom, as current restrictions mean that only a few visitors would have been allowed to attend the annual event at the shelter.

“We are hoping to raise a few hundred euros which will be a huge help as we have just had to repair the old Paws van,” shelter manager, Matthew Harris told the Cyprus Mail.

The charity event will take place online on Saturday April 3 from 10am to 12noon. Online participants will be able to join via Zoom and a small fee will apply.

Virtual visitors will be able to see the dogs in the shelter, meet the Saturday helpers and enter themselves and/or their dogs into the Easter Bonnet parade which gets underway at just after 10am.

“People can send in their picture with their spectacular hat, or their dogs in advance, or wear it for the event.”

And for those who believe their dog has star quality and think that they could be the next ‘Paws Easter Bunny’, owners can,’”fluff up their ears and tail” and enter their pets in advance by capturing the moment in a photo or in ‘real time’ via Zoom on the day.

Virtual visitors will also be able to take part in the shelter’s Easter Egg Hunt from home. The shelter will provide participants with clues and a list of items to hunt for during the morning.

An egg and spoon race will also take place at 11am. Registration in advance is necessary and the rules will be explained.

“People should have their egg and spoon at the ready, a quick dash around the sitting room, or the garden could be fun.”

All entry donations go directly to the dogs and every little helps, said Harris.

“Five euro’s will feed one dog for a week and €50 covers a month of food for a small dog while €100 pays for a dog to be neutered.”

The Cyprus Association for the Protection and Care of Animals, Capca, is the official name of the registered charity which was established around 36 years ago, however, it is known as ‘Paws’, which is the name of the dog shelter in Achelia, found close to Paphos airport.

It is important to note that chocolate is toxic for dogs and all of the shelter’s treats are dog friendly, Harris added.

The dogs currently available for adoption can be viewed at the charity’s website.

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