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Local animal rescue group raises funds through cupcake sales

Funds to go towards veterinarian bills

YORKTON -- Staff at Yorkton This Week were treated to some cupcakes for National Cupcake Day courtesy of Karen Renton, President of Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Inc. 

Renton said this is the group’s seventh year doing the cupcake fundraiser. 

“All the money goes to our vet bills,” said Renton, adding, “This year, so far, we’ve done 88 dozen [cupcakes]- an extra 1800 dollars.” 

“We always make sure we have enough that if something ever happened, our vets are paid,” said Renton.   

The groups fundraising efforts don’t stop at selling cupcakes. 

“With COVID, these last two years have been hard for fundraising, so we try to have two or three fifty-fifty draws [per year] that we do online,” said Renton, noting, “one of our biggest fundraisers is weddings.” 

The group offers services in the form of bar tending, table cleaning, selling drink tickets, and offering safe rides home to wedding goers.   

Renton said that Paws and Claws is continuously open to new volunteers. 

“We’re always looking for fosters, always looking for volunteers.” 

This past year, the group has experienced an influx in the numbers of animals under their care.  

Renton said, “Over the year we’ve had 180 cats and kittens in the rescue,” and, “we had 39 puppies born in rescue within two weeks. 

“It’s the spaying and neutering that needs to happen,” said Renton, adding, “people complain that it’s expensive, but you know, you do it once and you don’t have to worry about all the litters that happen- it needs to be done.” 

“PAWS & CLAWS Animal Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised solely of dedicated and experienced volunteers. Our group of volunteers have joined together to help rescue, provide medical care, rehabilitate and re-home abused, abandoned, and homeless animals,” according to their website, 

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