Animal lovers around the province 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 coming up Sunday, Sept. 11 to raise funds for homeless and abused animals in B.C.
Each year participants in 37 communities around the province, including Williams Lake, 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.
In addition to the walk, some of the many activities this year will include pooch parades, barbecues, bowl-licking contests, best dressed owner and dog contests, dog agility demos, puppy races, live entertainment, bobbing for wieners, doggy games, kids activities, community and vendor booths, auctions, raffles and even a waggiest tail competition. Previous event participants have come up with interesting and even unusual ways to find sponsors.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Its 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.