These animals are looking for a home, and have been showcased at the beginning of Petawawa Troye's Cinema's showing of “The Secret Life of Pets.” Krista Brash holds Baxter, while Buck is nestled in Sam White's arms. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Community Development Coordinator Rachel Eden makes sure that wiggly Smokey is secure. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
How can Amanda Black resist petting the adoptable cats? The answer is that she simply can't. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Five-year-old shih tzu Baxter, held by Rachel Eden, was the star of the evening, and like many others Audra, Geanie and Angie Chenard could not resist a quick introduction. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Troyes Cinema, Ontario SPCA team up to promote pet adoption
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Petawawa Troyes Cinema went to the dogs (and cats and rabbits), at least for a few days.
As part of their continuing adoption campaign, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre brought a few of their available animals out to meet the public. For eight showings of the newly released “The Secret Life of Pets,” moviegoers were welcomed to the cinema by these pets and their handlers, and were able to interact with them up on stage.
“If you know anything about the movie, it is about adoptable pets and new pets coming into a home ... so what a better fit than to bring these animals and show them off?” said Community Development Coordinator Rachel Eden.
The animals typically spent most of their day at the animal centre, so being out and about for the past week has been a “fun little road trip for them, where they get to meet people.” Response has been very positive and there has been already a few adoption enquiries as a result of these visits.
Eden isn’t surprised.
“I know the community so well, and I know that people have a huge passion for animals,” said Eden. “... Hopefully there are more animal movies in the future that we can be a part of.”
Eden is also grateful to Troyes Cinema for allowing her and her team of volunteers to attend. It has given her the opportunity to showcase the animals in the centre, promoting the idea that adoption is one of the best ways to find a furry best friend. “Going to a new home will make them feel great,” she said.
Cinema Manager Larry Simard was happy to open the theatre doors to the Ontario SPCA, promoting the organization and creating an attractive draw for people who want to meet one of the pets before settling in for the flick. “They’ve been very good,” he said. “... The children get to enjoy the pets, and of course the movie is reflective of what pets do when mum and dad aren’t home.”
As well as letting people interact with the animals and ask questions about the animal centre, it was also an opportunity to drum up interest for the upcoming Friends for Life! Walk-a-thon on Sept. 25 at the Pembroke Marina. It is the local branch’s biggest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds assist staff and volunteers in the care of the animals at the centre, as well as provide them with treats and toys.
For more information on adopting a pet or to learn more about the upcoming walk-a-thon, please visit www.facebook.com/ospcarcb.