|Air Transat, Cvets' Pets, and CFLPA Members team up with CANDi to tackle pet overpopulation|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:48|
Eight Football Players and Animal Advocates Set to Follow in the Footsteps of Actor/Comedian George Lopez and Support an Animal Welfare Non-Profit Reducing Animal Suffering and Overpopulation in Mexico
They may look like guys you wouldn’t want to mess with when they are on the football field, but eight guys representing five teams from the Canadian Football League (CFL) are showing their softer sides as they gear up to help with the ninth Cats and Dogs International (CANDi) sterilization clinic in Bonfil (an economically-challenged area of Cancun, Mexico) running January 11 – 16, 2013.
Spearheaded by Chris Cvetkovic, long-snapper for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and founder of Cvet’s Pets, the players – all who are passionate animal advocates - will be lending their brawn to help control animal overpopulation in a desolate area near Cancun overrun with suffering street animals.
Unbeknownst to most tourists, off the pristine resorts in the Cancun area, nearly one million animals are suffering from starvation, abuse and disease.
All animal owners and lovers, the players will be teaming up with CANDi spokesperson, country-recording artist, Craig Moritz, to help with CANDi’s ninth sterilization clinic – the fourth in the Bonfil area just outside of Cancun.
“I was alerted to the work Chris was doing with Cvet’s Pets in the Winnipeg area, and really admired how much he was doing to help our furry friends,” said Moritz. “I really wanted to bring Chris down to see first-hand how big a problem this is in key tourist destination areas in Mexico and the Caribbean, and see if we could start to garner a bit more awareness of the issue back in Canada. When Chris learned about the work being done by CANDi, he really outdid himself in assembling a team of guys who became passionate about wanting to help out too.”
"Mexico lacks the humane programs that are available in Canada and the United States," says Darci Galati, president of CANDi. "Our goal is to bring about change to issues of overpopulation both internationally and in our own backyard. By offering these spay/neuter clinics, we are providing an affordable and humane solution to the problem in the areas, and giving a second chance to so many adoptable animals who otherwise may face being euthanized.”
"Education and awareness are key, and those are areas where Craig, Chris and the other players are critical to helping us achieve this."
So while the efforts for this project started in Winnipeg with Cvet’s Pets and a few supporting teammates, there are now players representing almost every CFL team, with an acknowledgement of support from the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).
“When I learned about CANDi and the work they do with animals, I knew I wanted to be involved, and as I started talking to some friends across the league, I found seven stand-up guys whose hearts are close to the animal community,” said Cvetkovic about his team. “Through Cvet’s Pets, we’ve done a lot to help animals locally, but it’s especially important to get involved helping in an environment where sympathy and compassion for animals is dwindling or nonexistent.”
The team will start the five-day clinic on January 11, 2013 with a goal to spay/neuter at least 1,000 dogs and cats. The clinic is made possible through corporate and personal donations. Long-time CANDi supporter, Air Transat, has provided flights and accommodation for the clinic volunteers. A generous contribution from Bill Simpson of Impact Racing has also been made to the clinic. However, CANDi still needs to raise nearly $10,000 to cover the cost of supplies for the clinic. Donations can be made through Cvet’s Pets or CANDi via their websites.
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CANDi’s programs, to date, have focused in Cancun where they have sterilized more than 6,500 cats and dogs. CANDi’s work has attracted help from organizations like Air Transat, RIU Hotels & Resorts and celebrities like actor/comedian George Lopez, who helped to fund the recent clinic in honor of Richard Pryor, the late comedian’s wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, and her organization Pryor’s Planet. More on CANDi and its programs can be found at www.candiinternational.org
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