Volunteers with the Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen provide assistance to local residents in need who are trying to feed their pets.

Volunteers with the Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen provide assistance to local residents in need who are trying to feed their pets.

Comedy show aids pets

The Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen will host the Raise the Woof fundraising comedy show Nov. 14

Local residents can have a few laughs and ensure some four-legged friends are cared for.

The Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen will host the Raise the Woof fundraising comedy show Nov. 14 at the Village Green Hotel.

“With the money we hope to raise, we will be able to buy more pet food to ensure no one leaves our distribution events empty handed as we sometimes experience,” said Tonya Perkins, lead volunteer with the soup kitchen.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.

The featured comedians are Sid Davis, Steve Mazan and Travis Nelson.

Raise the Woof is organized by Shelly Korobanik, with Pooch Partners.

Tickets are $50 each and they are available from www.poochpartners.ca., the Bean Scene or from Pet Soup Kitchen volunteers.

“This is a great idea for a group outing, work Christmas party, date night or a friends get-together,” said Perkins.

The Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen’s mission is to keep pets with their owners in times of need.

“We help by providing supplementary pet food and supplies to people going through difficult times such as seniors on a low pension, single parents,   people recently laid off or homeless individuals,” said Perkins.

“Pets are incredibly therapeutic. They never judge you, and they always love you. Your pet can save your life when nothing seems to be going right. Many people will feed their pets before they feed themselves, so by offering this service we help alleviate some of that pressure and allow people to better care for themselves and their beloved pets.”

The Pet Soup Kitchen is a volunteer run organization in partnership with Healthy Spot Pet Nutrition and Supply.

“We receive donations of pet food and supplies from our local pet stores as well as people in the community. Without the generosity of our patrons, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Perkins.

On the second Thursday of each month, the group hold a distribution event behind the People Place from 3 to 4 p.m.

“Anyone going through a tough time needing a bit of help to feed their pets is welcome,” said Perkins.

“We provide food to anywhere from 50 to 80 families each month. We do all we can to make sure everyone gets something, but because we are not funded, we can only give what we have.”

A donation corner will be open until Nov. 14 at the Village Green Hotel. Donations of dog and cat related supplies will be accepted, including food, litter, collars, leashes, toys and food dishes. Cash donations will also be accepted.