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From tips to tails, Shuswap pub pays it forward to Paws

Canooligans’ presents a percentage of tips to Shuswap Paws Rescue Society with $4,300
As part of its regular donation to local charities, Canooligans’ presents volunteers with the Shuswap Paws Rescue Society a $4,300 donation, with those funds helping animals in need like Nanchi Quila, front and centre, a Paws success story who found her fur-ever home after being rescued last year. (Heather Black - Salmon Arm Observer)

“When people come here, it’s not just to fill their bellies, but also for a good cause.”

Dining at Canooligans’ is a win-win, which manager Jakob Isaak pointed out during a charitable Paws Wednesdsay afternoon. The restaurant presented a cheque for $4,300 to staff’s latest charity of choice, Shuswap Paws Rescue Society, with president Barbara Gosselin and a contingent of the group’s 90 volunteers on hand to accept the much needed funding.

This is the second such donation that Canooligans’ has gifted to a local charity since opening on June 21, with staff giving 10 per cent of their tips to a different cause every two months, with the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit having received $5,000 towards a new vehicle from the June and July proceeds. With August and September having gone to Paws, the pub is now saving up for the Shuswap Hospice Society.

While all staff decide which charity to give to, Shuswap Paws is a particular soft spot for Isaak, who rescued his two cats—Ben and Jerry—two-and-a-half years ago after meeting them as kittens at a foster’s house. Demonstrating the importance of the society, another one of its success stories actually attended the event, with Patrick Ryley and Cristian Quijas’ year-old rescue dog Nanchi Quila seemingly thinking the celebration was solely in her honour.

Donations such as this are what keeps Paws going, with Gosselin explaining that as a society rather than a registered charity, they are limited in what grants they can apply for, saying instead that, “bottles keep us alive,” with Canooligans’ regularly donating their refundable empties as well.

In addition to those charitable gifts, the society’s existence also depends on its dedicated volunteers who stepp up to help out as drivers, fosters, feral animal trappers and more. Additional information about the group can be found on their Facebook page under Shuswap Paws Rescue Society.

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