The BC SPCA makes helping animals as easy as a walk in the park!
"Animal lovers across the province are gearing up for the 2010 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause, which is the largest single event supporting animals in B.C.," says Denise Meade, the society's director of development.
Paws for a Cause takes place in September* in 36 communities across the province, from Powell River to Penticton and Comox to Cranbrook.
"Participants are registering now and fundraise in their own communities all summer long," says Meade. "It's quite inspiring to see the truly innovative and selfless ways people help animals."
Past individual fundraising efforts have included car washes and garage sales, bracelets and baking sales, shaving contests, auctions and various fee-for-service initiatives such as kids doing odd jobs and chores for donations to Paws for a Cause. One ambitious animal lover even had people sponsor his weight loss, pledging him an amount per pound, notes Meade.
"He lost more than 50 pounds and raised thousands of dollars to help homeless, abused and neglected animals, plus he became healthier and fitter in the process," says Meade.
To register and find out more about Paws for a Cause walks in your community, visit spca.bc.ca/walk or for more information, read our official press release.
Paws for a Cause is generously sponsored provincially by Scotiabank, Global BC, Bosley's Pet Food Plus, TV Week Magazine, Seeya Later Ranch, WestJet and Coast Hotels & Resorts.
The 2009 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause was a huge success, raising an amazing $1.1 Million for animals in need of care, shelter and love.
Don't miss out this year! Register today.
Photo captions: At the start line of the 2009 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause in Vancouver (top) and one of many pet-friendly contests held at the annual event, bobbing for treats (bottom).
*Dates may vary. Check local walk times.
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.