“Pearls for Paws” is a fundraising venture with the aim of providing assistance to companion animals with “no names and no homes”. Banded Peak Veterinary Hospital, located in the beautiful Canadian Rockies Foothills, provides the setting for the medical and surgical skills of its owner, Dr. Judith Samson-French. Lotus Lines, the pearl company she co-founded with her husband Kimberley Samson-French, markets ecological, unique and contemporary pearl jewellery with the intention of helping animals in need. The specific 2011 campaign has been initiated to provide dogs and cats with “no names and no homes” with a plentiful supply of pet food, dewormers, rabies vaccines, microchips, contraceptive implants to stop unbridled breeding and birth of 100,000s of unwanted pups. The purchase of a dedicated pair of pearl earrings set on sterling silver posts will assure the delivery of 1kg (2.2 pounds) of pet food to First Nations and animal shelters across Canada.
Dr. Samson-French was alerted to the plight of reservation dogs, “rez dogs”, after having initiated an innovative contraceptive implant project involving birth control in dogs at the Tsuu T’ina, Siksika and Eden Valley First Nations communities.