Tailshakers ACC looking for donations and seniors to help



By Ron Giofu


A local non-profit group is looking for donations but, more importantly, to help pet-owning seniors keep their animals.

Tailshakers“We’re looking for seniors to help,” said Dee Crawford, who founded Tailshakers Animal Care Crew (ACC) with husband Dave. “We will come in there if they have a vet bill or need help with food.”

Crawford said their program is designed to assist low-income seniors to keep and look after their pets. Low income is generally defined as $30,000 per year or lower and the age range is 60 years of age or older.

“Our whole goal is to keep seniors and pets together,” said Crawford.

Crawford added with the expenses of day-to-day living rising, many seniors might be having difficulty looking after their dogs, cats or other pets. She said Tailshakers’ volunteers have even encountered seniors that have sacrificed food for themselves to feed their animals.

“We’ve helped 15-20 people in the last couple of years,” said Crawford.

The group began in 2011 but really got going last year. Crawford said they would like to help even more seniors but they can only do so if they have people coming forward and the money to help them.

The identities of the people they help are kept confidential, Crawford pointed out, with the only thing Tailshakers asks for is the ability to take a photo of the senior’s pet to put on Tailshakers’ brochures, pamphlets and similar materials.

“People just aren’t stepping forward,” said Crawford. “We want them to know everything they give us is in total confidentiality. All we ask is to take a picture of their animals. No personal information will be divulged.”

Crawford said they visit people once a year as the group doesn’t have the money to go out more frequently.

“As long as we have the revenue to do it, we will help,” she said.

Tailshakers ACC received a $630 donation from the Ultimate Air Dogs Canada organization at the Woofa-Roo Pet Fest and will continue to do fundraising later this year. A comedy murder mystery will be presented at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 in Amherstburg Oct. 19 with Michelle Mainwaring and cast performing. The fundraiser will also feature a roast beef dinner, silent auction and bake sale. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or by calling Crawford at 519-736-0460.

“One hundred per cent of the profits go to Tailshakers,” said Crawford, noting the group has no administrative fees.

Other ways to contact the group include via e-mail at tailshakersacc@gmail.com or by following them on Facebook.



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