Pooch Playoffs raising money for local shelter

By Johnathan Houle – Special to The Record
Pooch Playoffs raising money for local shelter
An example of a Pooch Playoff portrait (Photo : COURTESY OF KORINA JOSEPH)

Pooch Playoffs are taking off in Sherbrooke. The bracket style competition will be held on March 19, 2022 where 16 dogs will begin competing for the top spot of “Ulti-mutt Cutie,” with the winner of the competition moving on to compete internationally for even bigger prizes. All proceeds for the event will be donated to support local non-profit and animal shelter, Refuge le Château to help them maintain their quality of care.

The Pooch Playoffs event was an idea created by a gathering of photographers across both Canada and the Unites States. “I’m friends with photographers across Canada and the U.S and we were talking together about how we could help local charities and shelters,” explained Korina Joseph, photographer and representative for the Sherbrooke area. “We knew that charities were having a challenging time over the past couple of years so we each wanted to help them in some way.” Having volunteered in animal shelters before, Joseph experienced firsthand the difficulties of operating a shelter while ensuring the animal’s wellbeing. “Refuge Le Château takes care of all sorts of animals, ranging from dogs and cats to lizards and turtles, they really help all animals,” explained Joseph. Joseph has always admired the employees and volunteers at Refuge Le Château for their excellent caregiving, so when the opportunity arrived to combine both her passion for photography and animals, she jumped at the opportunity.
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