Fred and Ethel, the inseparable canine couple who captured the community’s hearts earlier this spring, are symbolic of what the Burnaby SPCA hopes to achieve with a matching gift campaign to fund medical costs for the animals in the shelter’s care.
“Why help just one animal when you can help two? This $20,000 matching gift is not only extremely generous, it’s a tremendous opportunity to help twice as many animals get the medical care they need,” says Ryan Voutilainen, manager of the Burnaby BC SPCA branch.
A pair of adorable small dogs, Fred and Ethel showcase how two for the price of one is an invaluable benefit for the BC SPCA. Left tied to the fence outside the Burnaby SPCA shelter in March, this lovable doggy duo required extensive medical treatment. The combined cost for their medical care was more than $2,000, but thanks to the support from animal lovers throughout the community and province, they got the treatment they needed.
Adopted together and happy in their new home, these sweet-tempered sweethearts still do everything together, whether sleeping, playing in the yard, snuggling, eating or grooming each other. Their deep bond and friendly personalities continue to warm the hearts of all who meet them.
“This year, we will care for more than 1,200 abused, injured and abandoned animals from Burnaby and New Westminster,” Voutilainen says, noting that all animals who come into the care of the BC SPCA get medical checks. Most require follow-up care, and a few need extensive surgery, which can be taxing on the budget in a non-profit organization. At the Burnaby branch alone, veterinary bills are approximately $40,000 a year.
“We’re hoping local animal lovers will sign up to fundraise for their BC SPCA branch. If everyone reaches out to their family and friends, I know we can raise $20,000, which will be matched dollar for dollar,” says Voutilainen. “For every Fred who needs help, there is also an Ethel. Let’s get them the care they need.”
Between now and July 31, animal lovers can click on the ‘Watch your gift double’ link to sign up and help fundraise for the campaign. Supporters can also make single donations online or in person at the branch, 3202 Norland Ave., Burnaby.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.