This Saturday several supporters of Forever Paws Animal Shelter will join City Councilor Pat Casey and Mayor Will Flanagan for a polar bear plunge in the frigid waters of Mount Hope Bay. The event put together by Casey will be held in her Sandy Beach neighborhood.
Now, I think it's a great thing that people want to support a local animal shelter. Personally I don't like jumping into cold water in the dead of Summer so these folks deserve a big hand for doing so in the frosty grip of Winter. Shelters deserve our support and they often provide amazing service to our four-legged friends on very tight budgets. I also understand that Pat has been a big advocate of Forever Paws and this is one of the things that I have admired about Councilor Casey, she is a community activist at heart.
The problem is she IS a City Councilor. To have her put together an event that favors one shelter and to include the Mayor and other city officials seems wrong. It seems almost like a city endorsement of one shelter over another. I've been to both shelters and I think both do good work. If Pat wanted to support Forever Paws she should have participated in an event that somebody else put together but since she is the one who put it together I think it should have been to the benefit of both of the city's shelters.
Again both shelters do good work and if you're able deserve your support. A quick check shows that you can donate to either shelter from their website.