Friday, March 24, 2017

Paws For A Cause Fundraiser

We are teaming up with Traeger Grills again this year for our second annual fundraiser in support of eleven local non-profit animal help organizations or shelters near each of our Paris Farmers Union locations! Our "Paws for a Cause" Animal Benefit Fundraiser will begin on March 27th, 2017 and end on June 25th, 2017. During this time, when you visit any Paris Farmers Union retail location, we will ask if you would like to purchase a "Paper Paw" to help us support this great cause. In 2016 we were able to raise over $10,000 with your help. We hope to surpass that total this year!

You can purchase: 

1 paper paw for a dollar
3 paper paws for $2.50 
6 paper paws for $4.00

100% of the funds from these paper paw purchases will go to the 11 animal help organizations listed below. At the end of our fundraiser, we will pool together all funds received, and donate the total equally among all 11 organizations. 
For each paper paw purchased your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Traeger Select Pro Wood Pellet Grill prize package worth over $1500! This amazing prize package includes the Traeger Select Pro Wood Pellet Fired Grill, Traeger flavored wood pellets, grilling sauces & rubs, and more!

On June 26th, 2017 one winner will be selected randomly from all Paper Paw entries. The more Paper Paws you purchase, the greater your chance of winning will be, and 100% of your purchase money will be going directly towards supporting animals in need! The Traeger Select Pro Grill package must be picked up at a Paris Farmers Union retail location of your choice, or we can ship the grill at the winner's expense. (Any applicable taxes will also be the responsibility of the winner)

Benefiting Organizations
Each Paris Farmers Union location has partnered with one local animal help organization which will benefit from the Paws for a Cause Fundraiser. At the end of the fundraiser, 100% of the funds raised will be divided equally among these following eleven organizations:

Raymond: Cat Coalition of Western Maine -- Naples, ME
The Cat Coalition of Western Maine is an all volunteer NO KILL organization providing TNR (trap/neuter/return) services for feral cats in Western Maine.  Sanctuary or adoption is provided for kittens and for those cats which cannot be returned to the location of the feral colony.
Although started as a strictly feral cat organization, the Cat Coalition of Western Maine's mission has grown wider to encompass any cat in need; they still specialize in TNR work, but are often called upon to also help re-home stray or homeless domesticated cats, especially from local towns which do not currently contract with a shelter. 

Turner: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society -- Lewiston, ME
The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society was incorporated as a nonprofit volunteer organization in 1885. The Society's original mission was to protect work horses and children from abuse. Volunteers carried on this mission until 1912 when they first decided to create a "home" for stray animals.
Today, 129 years later, they are committed to using their resources to provide the best possible care for stray, abandoned, and abused animals. 

Middlebury VT: Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society -- Middlebury, VT
Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society's mission statement is to educate the community and improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. They safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt, and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.

Winthrop: P.A.L.S No-Kill Cat Shelter -- Winthrop, ME
P.A.L.S (Protectors of Animal Life Society) in Winthrop, Maine is a no-kill cat shelter that began in 1980 as a non-profit, charitable organization. P.A.L.S is supported by memberships, fundraising, memorial gifts, donations, and bequests. P.A.L.S staff and volunteers are committed to finding a solution to stray and homeless felines, and providing them with the home and health services that they require.

Lewiston: Tommy's Feral Feline Friends -- Greene,ME  

Tommy's Feral Feline Friends is named after "Tommy", a feral cat whose love, loyalty, and devotion inspired the rescue of thousands of feral cats. Tommy's is strictly a volunteer organization, providing feeding and living accommodations, as well as spay and neutering services, to feral felines. Tommy's Feral Feline Friends holds true to their moral convictions of tender love, kindness, loyalty, and devotion, and no animal under their care is killed or declawed. 

Tommy's Mission is to make the state of Maine a no-kill state and continue to rescue and save the lives of abandoned, abused, and neglected animals.

Bridgton: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter -- Fryeburg, ME

Harvest Hills Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization which contracts with 19 towns in Western Maine to accept stray, neglected, and abandoned cats and dogs. Since opening it's doors in 1992, Harvest Hills has found homes for approximately 17,000 dogs and cats. Harvest Hills strives to serve more animals in need, reduce stress and suffering for every animal passing through their doors, and to educate the community about the responsibilities of pet ownership.

North Conway: Conway Area Humane Society -- Conway, NH
The Conway Area Humane Society's Dog Adoption Center was completed in 2004 and since then has helped nearly 10,000 animals, taking in homeless dogs, cats, and small mammals. They take in animals from both near and far, accepting stray animals from 13 neighboring towns. The Conway Area Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization that relies on donations, fund raising, and funds from grant foundations.

Portland: HART of Maine -- Cumberland Center, ME

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) is a shelter and adoption center for cats that has operated in Cumberland, Maine since 1997. They provide refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats and kittens that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused, and find loving homes to adopt them.
HART is staffed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of their shelter residents. They care for pets that would otherwise be out on the street, assuring their safety, health, and comfort.

South Paris: Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills -- South Paris, ME
Responsible Pet Care is a no-kill, non-profit shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs. The shelter is equipped to care for more than 150 cats and kittens and up to 12 dogs at any one time. All adopted animals leave the shelter healthy, spayed/neutered, FeLV/FIV tested-cats, heartworm tested-dogs, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and treated for internal and external parasites.

Newport: Somerset Humane Society -- Skowhegan, ME
Somerset Humane Society is a non-profit organization committed to providing temporary housing and care to stray and abandoned animals. Somerset Humane Society currently serves 24 towns and 82 unorganized townships in the surrounding counties. They return lost animals to their owners and find suitable homes for animals that are not reclaimed, as well as taking in owner surrendered animals.

Jay: Franklin County Animal Shelter -- Farmington, ME
The Franklin County Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization committed to providing temporary care and shelter to stray, homeless, and abandoned animals. The shelter provides medical treatment and vaccinations and sterilization to all animals prior to adoption. 
Franklin County Animal Shelter strives to educate the public in the proper care of pets, including increasing public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue. 

Stray, abandoned, and mistreated animals need our help, so please join us in raising funds to support this great cause! Please leave any questions in the comments below, or you can email us at for more information!

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