It’s here, Shalom Counselling Centre in partnership with Saving Grace Animal Society presents the 1st annual “Dogs on the Catwalk” charity fundraising event! With multiple prizes valued at over $2,000, there’s no better time to register your dog (special limited time pet registration fee of $25) in this wildly entertaining family friendly dog fashion show in support of mental health and wellness. Special guest performance by Hot Diggity Dogs Agility Club and sponsored by Pet Planet of Clearview Market Square, Fetch Haus of Red Deer and Harley’s Hutch of Innisfail.
The reason we chose this event model, aside from its entertaining aspect, is that our pets and dogs specifically contribute greatly to our quality of life and mental health. Dogs provide unconditional love and motivate us to be more social. Dogs also help reduce depression, anxiety and increase our daily physical activity, giving us a sense of purpose. Studies show that human-dog interaction increases levels of oxytocin in the brain and that dogs interacting with their owners too showed increased levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin is commonly known as the “bonding” or “feel good” hormone. All of these factors prove that our dogs contribute greatly to our overall mental health and wellness.
All funds raised will go directly towards subsidizing counselling services, ensuring counselling services are financially accessible to all.