it’s not too late to join paws cause

Paws for a Cause is the biggest fundraiser for the local SPCA shelter

Garda Rowe shows off one of the dogs available for adoption with staffer Lawnie Williams.

Just because you don’t have a dog doesn’t mean you can’t take part in this weekend’s Scotiabank Paws for a Cause fundraising event for the local SPCA.

Shelter manager Nadine Durante said the shelter’s biggest fundraiser for the year kicks off at Parksville’s Community Park at 9 a.m. with registration, with the actual walk starting an hour later.

The festivities, she said, will include MC duties being performed by CTV television personality Bruce Williams, who has helped raise millions of dollars for not-for-profit groups by hosting special events of this nature.

Cutting the ribbon to start off the festivities, she said, will be Parksville acting mayor Chris Burger and Qualicum Beach councillor Mary Brouilette.

Durante said the top pledge winners will be eligible to win prizes at the event, noting that the current record holder, from past years raised about $1,500.

She stressed the need to get as many people out as possible to the fundraiser, regardless of what kind of pet — if any — they have.

“You don’t need to have a dog to walk,” she said. “Everyone is welcome. As well, if you cannot participate in the walk, but would like to support us, raffle tickets are still available, with the top prize being $700 in cash.”

Tickets are available at the shelter, with the draw slated for 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Anyone who would like to register for the walk can still do so online by visiting the SPCA website at

For more information call the SPCA at 250-248-3811.



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