Cookie Taylor and her friend

Cookie Taylor and her friend

West Shore woman collecting for her furry friends

Bottle drive a mission to help abandoned and rescued animals

Cookie Taylor is getting emotional, opening up about her passion for animals and a year-long bottle collecting campaign dedicated to raising money for abandoned and rescued animals.

The passion this woman has for the well-being of her furry friends is immediately apparent.

“Through all the crap I have been through in life, they have always been there for me. They are my best friends and they have never failed me, and for me that matters,” she said. “I want to help these animals out.”

As part of her initiative Cookies Critter Care over the past five years, the Metchosin resident – who works as a dog walker and pet sitter – has often found herself driving around with a back seat full of empties, spending time and using gas to pick up donated bottles from across the West Shore.

Since she began collecting she has raised more than $25,000 for animal rescue services including Victoria Adoptables, HugABull Pitbull Rescue, Broken Promises Rescue and many others.

“I love animals. The government doesn’t help these animals – there are organizations that help people, but animals can’t help themselves,” she said.

“They can’t find food, they can’t find shelter or vet care; they look to us. They are victims otherwise.”

Volunteering her time at an animal rescue in Vancouver and raising $700 almost on a whim, she just never stopped.

That was five years ago. She has kept the tradition alive with a year-long fundraiser and hopes to continue as long as she can.

“It’s knowing that (in) some way, they are getting helped,” Taylor said. “It is not for personal gain, it’s personal healing. It’s good for my life because I feel good about doing it.”One hundred per cent of the proceeds from her bottle collections go to animal rescues.

For more information or to drop off any bottles for the cause, email metchosinscookie@gmail.com

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