The most famous elf of all made an appearance at Charlie’s Food Bank Dec. 21, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).
Santa ‘Paws’ showed up at the once-a-week- pet food bank that serves low-income clients in the area to help bring joy to furry, four-legged area residents.
“Who doesn’t want a visit from Santa? Our furry friends need our help and love during the holiday season, too,” says BC SPCA manager of animal welfare Kim Monteith.
“We just want to help give a brighter holiday season for area residents who have pets, many of whom often go without food or luxuries themselves, in order to keep their pets fed and comfortable.”
Need knows no season
Charlie’s Food Bank, which started in 2000, was named in memory of a dog who was intentionally starved by his owner.
Run out of Jacob’s Well (formerly Mission Possible) every Thursday morning, the all-volunteer food bank also operates a veterinarian clinic once a month, where vets also volunteer their time and skill to help animals whose guardians might not otherwise have access to veterinary care.
“We help more than 5,000 area residents and their pets each year, with much of the pet food and supplies we distribute donated by a very generous public,” Monteith says.
“We are so grateful to everyone who donates, volunteers and supports Charlie’s – we couldn’t do it without you.”