Critters & Creatures

Share your empties with Empties for Paws this month to help rescued animals

Donate your empties to save the life of a furry critter this month through the Empties for Paws “Share the Love” campaign. 

The campaign encourages Canadians across the country to donate their empties throughout the month of February to raise money for animal rescues. 

Even though Empties for Paws runs its primary campaign for the month of February, the organization encourages Canadians to donate their empties throughout the year. 

“If people can’t donate throughout the year then at least we’re challenging them to donate at least throughout the month of February,” said Darlene Charman, media co-ordinator for Empties for Paws. 

Although each individual beer can or bottle may just seem like pocket change, when donated, it can add up to a lot. 

In Ontario, empty beer bottles and cans collect for ten cents while wine and liquor bottles are twenty cents. In Alberta, any drink container is refundable for a minimum of ten cents. An empty case of 24, is $2.40; that translates to three cans of cat food or one can of dog food. 

Some Empties for Paws chapters even collect old batteries, e-waste, and other recyclables and cash them in at scrap yards. 

“It’s a cost-free way to help rescues with the vet bills, the food, and lodging for them. As well as we’re diminishing the imprint in the landfills,” said Charman.

Although most of the rescue organizations of the Empties for Paws network are located in the Ottawa Valley and Ontario, there are a number of rescue organizations located in Alberta, New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. There are more than 85 rescue organizations that are part of the network. 

Some restaurants have also gotten on board to donate their empties to rescues.

In 2018, Empties for Paws raised more than $145,000, $20,000 more than the previous year. In total, since 2015, Empties or Paws has raised almost $326,000 for animal rescues across Canada. 

“You can see how it has exponentially grown,” noted Charman. 

For a complete list of all the animal rescues that take empties or for more information visit the Empties for Paws website.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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