News & Events

Charity Golf Tournament 2017 Registration

posted May 8, 2017, 4:13 PM by Heather Reimer   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 4:42 PM ]

Oak Island Charity Golf Tournament for Pets

Saturday June 17, 2017 

Registration Form 


In support of Strays That Can't Pay and Virden Pet Network.

To Register for Tournament: Download .jpg or .pdf Registration form at bottom of page

To Sponsor Tournament: Download Sponsor letter .pdf at bottom of page


June 17, 2017

Oak Island Golf Resort


Tournament fee: $125 pp

Non-golfer meal only: $30


Etransfer fee to using password "golf" 


Mail cheque to Virden Pet Network, Box 925, Virden, MB, R0M 2C0.  


Sponsorship Options:

·       Hole sponsor $100

·       Bronze $250

·       Silver $500

·       Gold $750

·       Platinum $1000

·       Prize donation: _______


For more information, call 204 845-2630

If you'd like a tax receipt for $50, please notify us when you register.

Please complete one form for each golfer registering.







Do you have any special dietary requirements?


Your Team Members:

Player 1 Name:

Player 2 Name: 

Player 3 Name: 

If you don't have a team of four, tournament staff will place you. 

Tournament Format

Check in: 11 am. Play starts: 12 noon.

Shotgun start, four-player teams.

Supper at Riel's: 6 pm. 


·       green fees,

·       shared golf cart,

·       buffet supper at Riel's Restaurant. 

Prizes awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.  

50-50 draw and rainbow auction. 

Cancellation Policy:

This is a rain or shine event. If the course is unplayable due to weather, the banquet will proceed and vouchers will be issued for a future round of golf. 

A full refund of fees can be issued up to 10 days before the event (by June 6, 2017). After that date, no refunds will be available. 

Refunds will not be issued for no shows.



-Click red arrow to download form to your computer

-Select .docx format to type in your information. Select .pdf to print form and fill in by hand. 

Goodbye, China-Doll, You Were and Are Loved

posted Nov 25, 2014, 7:00 PM by Heather Reimer

Mar. 7, 2002 - Nov. 21, 2014

Jean and Gerry Gatey are long-time friends of Virden Pet Network. So was their little girl, China. Here's what they wrote about her life story. 

China was born on March 7, 2002 and joined our family on Jan 7, 2003. From the moment she was picked up on a stormy night in Winnipeg, she bonded with Gerry. They became inseparable except for short periods when other duties called or during Gerry's 5-day stay in hospital. (Holiday trips always included China and Buddy). It could be a matter of a few hours or a walk around the block, on Gerry's return China's greeting was sheer bedlam.

In no time, our four furry friends became one big family: China, Sushi (mother cat), Tiger (her daughter) and later big brother Buddy, a blind Shih Tzu. 

China loved to ride in the car, her place of high-honour being the console between the front seats. On Buddy's arrival, even though he was blind, he insisted the small space must be shared. So came the famous platform so there was room for both. On long trips to Calgary, the two dogs never fussed. China watched the scenery for a while, then both would bed down in the back seat in their comforters. An invitation that triggered more bedlam was "Who wants to go for a walk?" After we got on the creek path, China's leash was removed so she was free to race full steam ahead. She would only go 50 feet then turn and make sure Gerry was with her. Then it was off again for another short dash!

China was showing signs of slowing down but on her last day, her walk was the same as always, racing in the piles of leaves along the creek, tail waving as she bounced along. In the late evening, she had what appeared to be a stroke. She died a few hours later following a heroic effort by Dr. Gita to save her. 

We miss you so much, little princess. We'll love you forever. Rest in peace. 

-Jean and Gerry Gatey

Rescue Wish List... Updated

posted Nov 17, 2014, 2:11 PM by Heather Reimer

I was asked by a friend to update our wish list so here it is: 

Digital scale for weighing kittens
Cat condos and scratching posts
KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer powder)
Fortiflora packets (available at vets)
Gift cards, any type
Litter, clumping
Litter boxes, small or large
Friskies pate canned cat food or similar quality brand
Cat kibble, good quality
Cat treats
Cat nip toys
Polysporin eye drops or eye ointment

Holiday Season Auction Starts Nov. 21!!

posted Nov 12, 2014, 3:53 PM by Heather Reimer

Our Christmas fundraiser is coming up with a million or so scrumptious, useful, delightful items you can bid on. The online auction starts Nov. 21 at 9 am and goes for 2 full days. Keep an eye on the bidding so you don't get outbid on the items you want.... like 4 dozen of these gorgeous Christmas cookies! Check out all the prizes today and come back often, new ones will be added every day until the bidding starts. 

Our Wish List

posted May 31, 2014, 11:31 AM by Heather Reimer

More foster families are always at the top of our wish list! But if you can't foster, maybe you can help with: 

Vacuum that sucks! 2nd hand Electrolux? Upright? Dyson? (joke!)
Digital scale for weighing baby kittens
New or used pet carriers, small to medium size
Kitty condos and scratching posts
Canadian Tire money
Gift cards
Litter, clumping
Litter boxes
Friskies pate canned cat food or similar quality brand
Cat treats
Cat nip
Polysporin eye drops or eye ointment
Paper towels
Laundry soap, any kind
Dryer sheets, any kind
Garbage bags, large green

Please call 851-3135 to arrange for drop off or pick up. And thank you!


posted May 23, 2014, 10:32 AM by Heather Reimer   [ updated May 23, 2014, 2:32 PM ]

Virden Pet Network would like to field a candidate to run for Mayor of Virden!!! 

Across the land, cats have been running for office to make a difference for homeless pets. Halifax and Winnipeg have candidates. Now it's our turn!

If you have adopted a cat or kitten from VPN who you think would provide a strong political voice for strays in this town, please add your nomination to our Facebook page. We want to know your cat's story and why he/she would make a good mayor!! Please include a photo of your nominee.  And may the best cat win.

Get a Black Cat Bargain -- But Only til Jan. 27

posted Dec 20, 2013, 5:25 PM by Heather Reimer

Restarting the Rescue... Stronger

posted Nov 17, 2013, 6:35 PM by Heather Reimer

Virden Pet Network has been reorganized during its hiatus and now has a full slate of managers to handle all the duties involved in running such a busy rescue. 

We ask you to please direct your call or email to the right manager. We have an intake and foster manager, adoptions manager, promotions manager, fundraising manager, low cost spay neuter program manager, and financial manager. To see the new roster, visit our Contact page. 

The one thing we never seem to have enough of is foster homes. So please consider providing a warm, safe space for a stray... it's only temporary and it makes such a big difference to the homeless ones. 

We also have a new phone number (see the masthead) for general inquiries. 

Pulled Pork and Desserts Galore! Fundraiser

posted Jul 21, 2013, 11:38 AM by Heather Reimer

What: Fundraising BBQ for Virden Pet Network
When: Thursday July 25, 2013  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
Where: Victoria Park, Virden

Are you and the family coming to the Water Splash Park Thursday afternoon or to Music in the Park in the evening? We invite you to grab a delicious supper in between events! 

Pulled Pork Sandwich, pork catered by Flecks Butcher ShoppeFresh buns provided by Bigway Foods
Coleslaw by Chicken Chef
Dozens of desserts and dainties homemade by our volunteer baking squad! 
Cold drinks

Thanks to all our sponsors including Titan Production Testing for financial support for this event!

Memorial for a Special Girl

posted Jul 11, 2013, 12:34 PM by Heather Reimer

Maggie's Story
by her loving humans Kathi and Doug Gatey
Long time friends and supporters of Virden Pet Network

After several visits to the Brandon Humane Society in the spring of 2002, we adopted Maggie on June 27. She had big shoes to fill as we had lost our dog of 16 years the year before and truly felt there could be no other dog as great as our Charli but we took a chance or perhaps fate intervened and there we were picking up this pudgy little puppy. 

We headed straight to Clear Lake after picking her up and thus her attachment to the meadow at the lake began. In the years since as soon as the car pulled into the driveway at the cottage she would start barking to go to the meadow. Going for hikes and car rides were her pleasures. 

In December, 2005, Maggie became a big sister to Annie. Annie was her pesky little sister without a doubt. The two became inseparable and there were many games of tug-of-war and when hiking a chase would always take place between the two. Maggie was a very majestic dog who felt the game of fetch was for babies.

In March of this year Maggie was diagnosed with a nasal tumor. She passed away on July 9. Maggie was a gentle loving dog who filled those big shoes left by Charli with a lot of grace. We are so grateful to have had her in our lives and know that we shall be reunited in our meadow.

-Kathi & Doug Gatey

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