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Inspired by Lucky or Tigger? Unique pet painting event benefits Midland OSPCA

The Paint Your Pet fundraiser is slated for Saturday in downtown Midland
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Jessica Greenwell is looking forward to Saturday's fundraiser.

A very unique Midland SPCA fundraiser takes centre stage this weekend.

The Paint Your Pet fundraiser is slated for Saturday at Mega Mindful Living on King Street in Midland.

Presented by Dog Grrrl Canada, the offering is designed to raise both funds and awareness for animals in need at the local shelter.

“I’m very excited to invite the community to our Paint Your Pet Fundraiser for the Midland SPCA at my favourite café in downtown Midland,” said organizer Jessica Greenwell.

“I am a local reward based dog trainer, and spent many years volunteering at local shelters in Ontario. My vision for this day was to bring back the much needed sense of community through creating and learning for a great cause.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a picture of their favourite pet, or paint a shelter pet, under the guidance of local artist Janet Thorpe.

“Janet will guide our paint participants over two hours to create a portrait of their pet,” Greenwell said.

“It's going to be a really fun creative day where I hope a lot of passionate people get to connect. I believe that right now creating a healthy community and supporting local small business is imperative.”

Besides the opportunity to paint your best friend, Greenwell will be on hand to provide free training tips along with animal friendly snacks courtesy of Mega Mind Living. There will also be prizes and giveaways from local businesses and community members.

Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., all proceeds will go directly to help animals in need with a minimum $10 donation.

“We are offering a morning paint lesson from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as an afternoon paint lesson from 2 to 4 p.m.,” Greenwell said.

“I am very passionate about community in many ways. It has been proven that our environment has the power to affect our growth and a positive community can act as a support system that promotes healthy growth.”

To book your seat for a paint spot, participants will make a donation to the Midland SPCA online for this event then email Greenwell a confirmation of their donation along with their requested morning or afternoon preference.

For more information and to guarantee your spot, contact Greenwell by email at

Andrew Philips

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Community Editor Andrew Philips is a multiple award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in some of the country‚Äôs most respected news outlets. Originally from Midland, Philips returned to the area from Québec City a decade ago.
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