SPCA Paws for a Cause helps animals on the Island

Annual event the biggest fundraiser of the year for shelter

PARKSVILLE — Take some steps to help animals in your community.

Registration is open for the 2012 Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk in September, held to raise funds for abused, injured, neglected and homeless animals. This year, participants in 34 B.C. communities will walk to raise $1 million to help our province’s most vulnerable animals.

The Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk in Parksville will be held at Parksville Community Park at 141 E. Island Highway on Sun. Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. with the walk starting at 11 a.m. Registration is $25.

Participants will be able to enjoy fantastic entertainment and activities for them and their dogs. Visit spca.bc.ca/walk to register and to get all the latest news and information.

All youth participants 17 and under register for free and are automatically entered to win a Playstation Vita Console.

“This is the largest single event supporting animals in B.C.,” said Farrah Rooney, manager of fundraising events at the BC SPCA. “Participants are already signing up and will be fundraising in their own communities all summer long. The creativity and passion that people show in their fundraising efforts each year is absolutely inspiring and the walks are always so much fun for both the two-legged and four-legged participants who attend.”

Participants are invited to join as an individual or as part of a team and are eligible for fabulous local and provincewide prizes. Exciting prizes to be won by top fundraisers include an amazing Okanagan trip (courtesy of our sponsor, See Ya Later Ranch Winery), an Xbox Kinect bundle and a fabulous Group Gift Basket from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus.

Thank you to the event’s provincial sponsors: Scotiabank, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, See Ya Later Ranch winery, Coast Hotels and Resorts, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, PwC, Global TV, 99.3 The Fox, CKNW AM980, 24 Hours Vancouver and TVW.


— Submitted by the BC SPCA