Demand and lack of space threaten Winnipeg-based ‘pocket pet’ rescue shelter – Winnipeg
A Winnipeg-based nonprofit that specializes in rescuing unique animals and exotic pets says it is at risk of closing due to lack of space.
Popcorns and Binkies Rescue Haven is one of the only shelters in the province to house animals it describes as “often misunderstood pets” – from hamsters and rabbits to rats and hedgehogs.
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“If it’s not a cat or a dog, we probably had it in rescue at some point,” says founder and executive director Cindy Hildebrand.
“We are one of the only organizations in Manitoba and much of Canada to support the variety of animals we raise. »
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But after nearly five years of work, Hildebrand says Popcorns and Binkies has reached the limits of what the small organization can do without expanding.
“We’re out of space,” said Hildebrand, who runs Popcorns and Binkies with her husband.
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So far, she says they have relied on foster families, but with over 60 animals currently in care – and a waiting list of over 50 more – the rescue is scrambling to collect enough money to get a more permanent space.
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“We need a place to call home because without a shelter – a physical location – to help us house these animals, we simply won’t be able to continue what we’re doing,” she told Global News Winnipeg Morning. this week.
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“We’re kind of at a standstill right now in terms of being able to accommodate all these animals that need us.”
Popcorns and Binkies is a registered charity, and Hildebrand says donations over $20 receive a tax credit.
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“So hopefully that’s going to be our saving grace now in terms of getting funding and getting space for shelter,” she said.
“We just want these guys to live the best life possible, so anything we can do to help, we will definitely do.”
For more information and to donate, go to popcornsandbinkies.org.
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