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Birdies helping animals in need

Gratitude abounds when Ria Rosenberg talks about her cats, Lilly
and Rosenberg.
“No matter how my day is going, they bring me back to a really
good place,” the Niagara-on-the-Lake resident said. “Looking at my
rescues, I’m the lucky one.”
That’s why, when it came time to update their wills, Rosenberg and
her husband Stephen Levy insisted on leaving something that would
benefit animals in need. The couple considered setting up their
own charity to direct funds to suitable animal organizations, but
Rosenberg admitted the endeavour seemed complicated.
Then they connected with the Niagara Community Foundation and
the LetPets Live Fund was born. Rosenberg and Levy also decided
that rather than wait until they were gone, they would do what they
could now to support grassroots animal rescue groups or help cover
the veterinary bills of pet owners facing financial hardship.
This year will mark the seventh anniversary of their fundraising golf
tournament at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course to benefit the
LetPets Live Fund and ensure they’re helping as many animals as
Each hole on the course is sponsored by a different pet with the face
of a cat, dog, bird, horse — even a baby goat — greeting golfers at
every tee.
“It’s so great to see the animals’ faces at the tee boxes. You’re
reminded why you’re there,” Rosenberg said. “It’s a fun day without
beating people over the brow that it’s a fundraiser.”
In the short time the couple has invited friends to the links, they’ve
raised $130,000 for animals in need.
“Part of the animal population will always need help,” Rosenberg
said. “It’s just not a perfect world for our friends with paws. They
deserve to be treated with respect and kindness, so it’s what we do.”

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