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Lacombe restaurant donates nearly $900 to dog rescue

Cilantro and Chive donated $882 to Underdogs Rescue from its Burger of the Month program
Mike Doppler, Kim and Rieley Kay, owner’s of Cilantro and Chive, and Sharon Deol from Underdogs Rescue appear on a Zoom call to discuss the donation from the Burger of the Month. (Photo Submitted)

A total of $882 was recently donated to Underdogs Rescue thanks to proceeds from Cilantro and Chive’s Burger of the Month program.

In January, Mike Doppler acted as guest chef to the restaurant and created a burger he called “Meatsweats.” Two dollars from every burger sold was donated to Doppler’s charity of choice, Underdogs Rescue Foster Care Program.

Doppler choice the charity to benefit from the Burger of the Month after taking in a rescue dog from the organization.

Piper, a Staffordshire terrier mix, is the newest addition to the Doppler household, and after such a positive experience the family is “thrilled to give back to this organization.”

“The not-for-profit organization is run completely by volunteers and [Doppler] knows the weight all charitable organizations are feeling, but especially this one following the Christmas season when many new pet owners may be overwhelmed with the commitment required in caring for a pet,” a press release states.

Underdogs Rescue works to rescue “large power” breed dogs from across the country. The organization is committed to re-homing dogs, “through rescue, rehabilitation, training, and care to responsible and loving dog owners.”

The organization says they rescue these large breed dogs from places like Humane Societies, SPCA(s), Animal Control(s) and other Rescues.

Underdogs Rescue has worked with numerous large dogs including pit bulls, great Danes, rottweilers and Staffordshire bull terrier to name a few.

The donation, which was handed over on Feb. 4, will be used to see to the care of the dogs rescued.

Currently the organization is looking for foster homes for their animals.

Cilantro and Chive’s Burger of the Month program has given back over $70,000 to local charities over the last two years.

Coun. Cora Hoekstra is the guest chef at Cilantro and Chive in February, at the Lacombe location of the restaurant. Her “spicy Yorkshire” burger will benefit the Lacombe and District Historical Society.