Animal lovers in the Williams Lake area are urged to slide into their favourite pair of walking shoes and get moving to help a furry friend.
Registration is open for the annual Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk held each fall to raise funds for homeless and abused animals in B.C.
Each year participants in 37 communities around the province walk with colleagues, friends, family and with their dogs to raise $1 million to help animals in need.
“This is the largest single event supporting animals in B.C.,” says Denise Meade, the society’s director of development.
“Participants are already signing up and will be fundraising in their own communities all summer long,” says Meade. “The creativity and passion that people show each year is remarkable. People in every region of the province — the Lower Mainland, Coast, Island, Interior, Kootenays and Northern B.C. — gather together each September to go on walkathons and hold many interesting all-ages events and activities to raise money to help animals in their community.”
To register and for more information visit spca.bc.ca/walk.
Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause will be held at Boitanio Park on September 11.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Walk start time is 10 a.m. Activities will include: silent auction, lunch, raffle for handmade large doghouse, pet and kid’s games and children’s choir.
For more information visit spca.bc.ca/branches/williams-lake/.
Last year Katie, the amazing can-collecting canine, raised hundreds of dollars by collecting cans on her daily walks and returning them for refunds.
“As far as we know, Katie was the only non-human to personally sign up. And what’s more, she actually did her own fundraising,” says Meade.
The event is sponsored by Scotiabank, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, PwC, See Ya Later Ranch Winery, Coast Hotels & Resorts, Global TV, TV Week Magazine, CKNW AM980 and 99.3 The Fox.
For more information on the Williams Lake and District SPCA contact Liz Dighton, manager, at 250-392-2179.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations.
Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.