Faith Chapman, owner of Shaggy Dawg Grooming in Brentwood Bay, couldn’t resist helping out fellow canine caretakers after they were hit by Hurricane Sandy.
“I heard about all these groomers who had lost everything through Facebook groups that I’m part of,” explained Chapman.
“Whether it was electronic equipment that had been fried in power surges or just standard equipment lost in flooding and whatnot, many of the groomers on there were dealing with complete losses.”
When she heard about the struggles many of the groomers were facing in trying to rebuild their businesses after Hurricane Sandy, Chapman decided to help out.
“I donated money through ChipIn which is an online donation system and I also decided to send equipment,” Chapman explained, adding that she mailed a high powered dryer to one woman in New Jersey who had lost everything from her business.
Chapman credits the power of social media for being able to help out her fellow groomers.
“This showed me the power of social media is undeniable,” Chapman said.
“People were stepping up donating money and equipment like brushes, towels, shampoos. It’s a good feeling knowing you can help people even when they are so far away.”