Eric Petersen likes to raise money for the SPCA, but the assistant manager at the Parksville Buckerfield’s outlet said he’s organizing Pet Appreciation Day tomorrow for a much simpler reason.
“We just like playing with dogs and cats,” he said. “This is a fundraiser for the SPCA, but it’s also a good way to get more dogs and cats down here.”
Besides playing with Petersen, the pets — and they’re not limited to just dogs and cats — will be able to get a portrait taken, try out some new food items and even strut their stuff in a pet parade.
“We’re doing all sorts of events,” he said. “There will be dog washes, a chance to win a grooming, all sots of dog food, toys, agility, obedience classes and a dog trainer will be here to answer your questions.”
He noted as well the store plans to raffle off a Henrik Sedin Jersey (tickets $2 each or 3 for $5) and all proceeds go to The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association. To date, he added, the store has raised $300 on the raffle.
One feature that’s sure to be a hit, Petersen said, is the treat department.
“We’ll have cake — one for dogs and one for people,” he said. “I’m not sure what’s in the dog cake — probably chicken and other things a dog would love,” he said, noting the cake for people has more standard ingredients. Free hot dogs will also be available.
The doors open at 10 a.m. and the event runs until 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.