Otago animal rescue charity Pound Paws Rescue have received a $6,250 donation from Valli Vineyards, from proceeds of a very special Pinot Noir.
When winemaker Jen Parr said goodbye to Missy, her Labrador-cross, two years ago, she turned her grief into something positive - a memorial vintage made from Bannockburn grapes in her memory.
The Missy Pinot Noir 2019 sold out in a matter of weeks when it was released last December, and last week a cheque for 10 per cent of the gross sales of the wine was presented to Pound Paws, a volunteer-led animal rescue based in Oamaru and servicing the greater Otago and Canterbury regions.
“Adopting Missy had been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and she became a part of the winery team in Cromwell and in the vineyards, particularly Bannockburn'' said Parr. “I had the full support of Valli owners Grant Taylor and Nicole Schofield whose dog Thiefy was adopted from Pound Paws several years ago.”
Like most non-profits, Pound Paws has seen an increase in demand for services coupled with a decrease in donations as purse strings tightened in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are funded by donations and staffed by volunteers, so every contribution makes an impact.
“This donation is going to be used for dogs that require the extra work above our standard spay, neuter and vaccination package,” said Pound Paws founder Charmaine McLaren. “Some dogs arrive with injuries or health problems, some need surgery, some with old untreated injuries. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
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