Paws cause rakes in over $10,000

Parksville's SPCA fundraiser brings out dog fans in packs

Phil St. Luke is a big supporter of the SPCA's Paws for a Cause event in Parksville.

Phil St. Luke is a big supporter of the SPCA's Paws for a Cause event in Parksville.

The competition was fierce at Community Park in Parksville Sunday as canine athletes lined up to see which would bring home the gold in the hotly-contested wiener challenge.

It didn’t take more than a few seconds though, for Linda Haines’ dog, Sasha, to scarf back the chunks of hot dog in her bowl to take top spot as the Parksville branch of the SPCA held its annual Paws for a Cause fundraiser.

The event saw dog lovers from across the area take part in a fundraising walk and social gathering that raised just over $10,000 for the local shelter.

Of the many animal lovers who took part, including Parksville mayor Chris Burger, it was Margaret Lonsdale who brought in the most donations for the cause, a whopping $2,236.

The pets and their owners also took part in doggie games, such as the wiener challenge and musical sits.

Shelter manager Nadine Durante thanked everyone for showing their support, noting that all funds raised remain in the local shelter.

Perhaps it was inveterate SPCA supporter Phil St. Luke who put it best.

“I’m proud of all of you,” he said. “You’re all winners.”