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Pet art fundraiser to be held at Vanderhoof library in June

Proceeds to help Mewsings Animal Rescue Society
Maggie Saito displays a preview of artwork that has come in for the Mewsings Animal Rescue Art fundraiser. The artwork will be on display at the Vanderhoof Public Library in June. (Photo courtesy, Maggie Saito)

Vanderhoof Public Library will be transformed into a pet art gallery this June as it hosts a special fundraiser in support of Mewsings Animal Rescue Society.

Organised by Vanderhoof resident Maggie Saito, the initiative invites artists and community members alike to contribute artwork inspired by pets and animals.

Artists are encouraged to create or share their animal-themed pieces, including paintings, prints, and photographs, which will be displayed at the library.

Proceeds from any sales can be optionally donated to Mewsings Animal Rescue to support their ongoing efforts in managing and supporting feral cat colonies and other animal welfare initiatives in the community.

Mewsings Animal Rescue Society is a dedicated group of individuals who, upon witnessing the prevalence of feral cat colonies in their community, took action by leveraging their diverse skills, including veterinary expertise, to provide essential care and containment for these cats, said Saito.

Currently, their primary focus lies on fundraising efforts aimed at managing and supporting these colonies.

This marks their initial focus on a colony comprising over 65 independent cats. They are aiming to re-home suitable cats, provide care for others, and ensure winter food and shelter with the assistance of community volunteers.

This event not only aims to raise funds but also to raise awareness about the work of Mewsings Animal Rescue Society and the needs of animals in the community.

Saito, who is one of the organisers of the annual Anonymous Art show by the Nechako Community Arts Council, helped organise the pet art fundraiser inspired by the abundance of local artists in the area.

According to her a pet-themed art fundraiser to raise awareness about animal welfare is just what the community needed.

“People can come together for the event and it brings families, pet lovers and artists together,” she said.

So far the response from the community and artists has been great, she said.

“I had a lot of people get in touch with me so I am expecting quite a few local artists and possibly a few from outside of our district,” Saito said.

She has also reached out to local schools and art contributions are expected to come in from students too.

“It’s open to everyone and we are excited to see how it turns out and hope a lot of people will love the art and come by,” Saito added.

Artists interested in contributing can contact her directly. For those interested in participating or seeking more information, contact Maggie Saito at or text 250-524-0333.

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