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Stortini volunteers at Pets in the Park

by Jessica McPhee / Edmonton Oilers
Although training for the upcoming hockey season is top priority during the summer, Zack Stortini has also made time to volunteer for the Edmonton Humane Society. For the second time in a month, the Oilers forward participated in an event for the Humane Society to bring awareness to animal care and protection.

The Edmonton Humane Society held their 17th annual signature fundraising event, Pets in the Park, at Hawrelak Park on Sunday, June 28th. The event invited pets of all shapes and sizes to come down to the park with their owners to learn about animal care and raise funds for the Humane Society.

“It’s a great day at Hawrelak Park and I’m here to help raise awareness and support for the Edmonton Humane Society,” said Stortini. “I’m a huge animal lover and wanted to get involved with the Humane Society and the Valley Zoo to bring awareness to their work in support of animals.”

Pets in the Park kicks off with a sponsored walk and run for the pets and their owners. Later in the day a silent auction and other fundraising activities were held all in the hopes of surpassing last year’s event fundraising total of $115,000.

“Zack never ceases to amaze us, he participated in our Open House about a month ago and when asked to participate in this event there was no hesitation,” said Edmonton Humane Society’s spokesperson Shawna Randolph. “He’s so eager to help out with the Edmonton Humane Society, we know he’s an animal lover but he takes it one step further and it’s just a blessing for us.”

Stortini also attended the Humane Society’s Open House on May 31st which gave Edmontonians a glance at their new facility. The new building will serve as a home for nearly 10,000 animals monthly as well as an education centre for pet owners to learn about proper pet care.

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