One of the many significant aspects of my duties includes recognizing people in our community of Kirkfield Park for their efforts in helping others.
I was honoured to recognize Carla Martinelli-Irvine, the founder and executive director of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, Manitoba's first registered charity, no-kill animal shelter in the Manitoba Legislature.
I rise today to recognize the exceptional work of Carla Martinelli-Irvine, the founder and executive director of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, Manitoba's first registered charity no-kill animal shelter.
Since its inception in June 1999, the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter has been providing a safe and caring home for thousands of abandoned, abused, and neglected animals. Under Carla's leadership, the shelter has become a beacon of hope for animals in need, providing a safe place, food, medical care, and love to the many pets left behind.
Through her work, Carla has also inspired many in our community, encouraging us all to do our part in protecting and caring for animals. Her passion for animal welfare has been contagious, and her leadership has resulted in the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter becoming a true community hub for animal lovers.
Thousands of volunteers throughout the years have supported the shelter. Currently, they have 40 volunteers, some giving their time for over ten years.
Now at their new location, in the Courts of St. James, the shelter has many senior visitors who enjoy spending time with these loving animals. It is a moment of joy for both of them.
The Winnipeg Pet Rescue is 100% donor funded, and they are grateful to the community that has supported them for all these years. Their most significant fundraiser, the Paws for Life Gala, will be held this October at the Gates on Roblin.
In recognition of Carla Martinelli-Irvine's outstanding contributions to animal welfare, I ask all members of this House to join me in thanking her for her dedication and commitment to creating a better world for animals.
I also ask for leave to acknowledge Carla and her guests, including volunteers at the shelter: