Kingston 4 Paws Easter event raises over $4,000 to support puppies in training

Photo via Kingston 4 Paws.

Last weekend, Kingston 4 Paws held an Easter event for kids and families in the Kingston area. Those who visited Confederation Park on Saturday, Apr. 8, 2023, were greeted with a vendor fair, storytime, warm drinks, and — of course — an Easter egg hunt.

According to a release from Kingston 4 Paws (K4Paws), over 4,800 colourful eggs were collected and traded for prizes throughout the day. Visitors could also meet two of K4Paws newest recruits — 10-week-old puppies Teddy and Skye. It should come as no surprise the pair was a particular hit with the crowd of over 500 people who attended the event.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and that everyone had such a great time,” said Elizabeth Bailey, President of the local charity. “Parents and kids alike delighted in meeting K4Paws puppies in training. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of K4Paws and have the community meet some of our current and future service dogs.”

Thanks to the Kingston Visitor Information Centre, who provided the venue, attendance at this fun family event was free, but donations were encouraged, the organization shared. The community responded generously, with the event raising over $4,000. According to the release, all funds raised will support K4Paws’ current puppies in training – like Teddy and Skye – who, when fully trained, will graduate and change someone’s life for the better.

The circle of generosity continued as the unused chocolate bunnies and snacks from the event were donated by K4Paws to the Kingston Youth Shelter.

Kingston 4 Paws is a registered charity whose mission is to provide trained service dogs and their continued handling support to physically and emotionally challenged persons and their families, assisting them to become more independent in the community.

The organization noted that it takes up to two years and $25,000 for K4Paws to fully train and place a service dog. More information about K4Paws can be found at kingstonservicedogs.ca

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