British Columbia SPCA Recognizes SYNLawn’s Contributions to Shelter Improvements

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SYNLawn, a leader in synthetic turf, donates labor and materials to create a beautiful backyard type space for shelter dogs

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SYNLawn and British Columbia SPCA dedicates a 900 square foot synthetic turf pet play area in the name of Rene Bourgault.

“Rene Bourgault was not just a businessman, he was a charismatic, energetic, and compassionate person who I am honored to call him a friend,” said Michelle Balicki, SYNLawn Marketing Manager.

It was a proud but emotional moment when Mike Holdenried, national sales manager of SYNLawn Canada and the BC SPCA Kelowna Branch posthumously recognized Rene Bourgault during the dedication of a 900-square-foot play and exercise space for our 4-legged friends at this facility.

In 2015, Bourgault, franchise owner of SYNLawn Okanagan and avid supporter of the SPCA, donated 900 square feet of synthetic turf and the labor needed to create a space where dogs that are awaiting adoption can exercise freely. Sadly, Bourgault died in a river-rafting accident shortly after the project was completed and just a few weeks before he was due to be married to his high school sweetheart, Chelsea Ray.

In 2017, the new owners of SYNLawn Okanagan, following in Bourgault’s footsteps, donated an additional 900 square feet of synthetic turf and installation labor. This second play area was dedicated to local resident Erica Malanchuk who works to rescue pets from hot vehicles and an advocate for pet adoptions for the Kelowna SPCA.

“I am very honored to host the dedication of these two wonderful spaces and to recognize the efforts of these two very special people,” said Sean Hogan, British Columbia SPCA branch manager.

SYNLawn, as a corporation, has adopted the SPCA International as its pet charity throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the Kelowna SPCA, SYNLawn is donating labor and material for numerous SPCA International shelter partners around the world as well as donating a portion of the sales proceeds from its synthetic pet turf to the SPCA International organization.

SYNLawn also supports the SPCA International’s Operation Bagdad Pups: Worldwide rescue program, which rescues dogs and cats befriended by the U.S. military members serving overseas and reunites these 4-legged friends with their service members once they return home. The turf company is offering $250 off a SYNLawn installation to anyone who adopts a dog from a shelter.

Also present during the dedication ceremony was Shaun Garrity, sales consultant for USGreentech manufacturer of Envirofill® antimicrobial infill for synthetic turf. SYNLawn has a working partnership with USGreentech who proudly donated the Environfill® to minimize odors and bacteria in the 4-legged play area.

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About SYNLawn®: As the industry innovator on synthetic grass for landscape solutions, SYNLawn uses exclusive yarn technologies to produce products for synthetic landscape, golf, pet and playground systems. Because SYNLawn is plant-based, it is 100-percent recyclable and boasts the only USDA-certified, bio-based artificial turf products in the industry. As a vertically integrated manufacturer, SYNLawn offers customers the highest quality products, competitive prices and the most genuine and strongest manufacturer warranty of 15 years. With the company's continued growth, SYNLawn now has more than 75 locations internationally.

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