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Local animal shelter looking for green thumbs with hearts of gold

OSPCA Midland Animal Center Gardeners’ Gathering begins Sunday with proceeds helping animals in need

Celebrating the revival of the season, a major fundraiser starting this weekend benefits the OSPCA’s Midland & District Animal Center.

The annual Gardeners’ Gathering fundraiser celebrates its 15thand season this year with a week of activities starting on Sunday to excite winter-weary gardeners about the upcoming planting season.

Although the event is virtual again this year, there will be a number of webinars designed to tap into everyone’s green thumb.

“The organization as a whole is still waiting to hold in-person events until the third quarter of this year out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19,” explained Midland Animal Center Community Development Coordinator Robin Elliott.

“I’m excited to be preparing for our in-person walk at Wye Marsh in September.”

As for the Gardeners’ Gathering, Elliott said it was a fun community event that should appeal to gardening enthusiasts and animal lovers alike.

“The Gardeners’ Gathering is a chance to get excited about the upcoming season, learn new gardening tips and tricks, and most importantly, help change the lives of animals in our community,” said- she added.

For those interested in learning how to create a cut flower garden to enjoy beautiful floral arrangements all season long, Cady McLaughlin of Georgian Roots Farms will show you how in a virtual webinar on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10.

There are also some great items available in the Virtual Silent Auction, including gardening items, animal-related products, pampering treats and everything in between.

The auction opens at noon on Sunday and bidding closes at 4 p.m. on May 8. Click here when the auction opens and bid to help animals in need.

To wrap up, local musician Dylan Lock is showing his support by giving a virtual classic rock concert live on Facebook next Friday from 6-7 p.m.

Funds raised from the event go to the Ontario SPCA’s Midland & District Animal Center to help animals in need and make community support services possible.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.