Rotary Club of South Surrey members pause for a photo at the June 3 shredding event. (Contributed photo)

Rotary Club of South Surrey members pause for a photo at the June 3 shredding event. (Contributed photo)

Rotary Club of South Surrey has paws to celebrate

Rotarians notch sponsorship goal for assistance dog

A document-shredding event last Saturday raised enough to complete the Rotary Club of South Surrey’s goal of sponsoring a canine assistance intervention dog and handler.

Held June 3 in the parking lot of the Ocean Park Safeway, officials say an “amazing” 7,150 kilograms of documents were shredded and more than $6,000 was collected for the cause.

“It was very busy,” Rotarian Joanne Taylor told Peace Arch News by email. “The (first) truck got full in just 1½ hours!”

Funds benefit the Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS), which raises and trains certified assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness.

Their accredited facility dogs work with community professionals, such as teachers, RCMP and psychologists.

Some of PADS canine charges were on-site for the shredding event.

Taylor confirmed Saturday’s proceeds put the club past the $15,000 it has been working to raise to sponsor a PADS dog. Prior to June 3, it was just $4,000 short of the goal.

Taylor said club members want to thank those who helped make the event “a huge success,” including the community and sponsor Urban Impact.

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