Dogs and cats can't raise the money needed for their care. They need help from people who want to ensure abused, neglected, and abandoned animals find loving homes and proper medical attention.
Locals are encouraged to help them by taking part in the Maple Ridge SPCA's annual Paws for a Cause fundraising walk on Sunday at the Albion Fairgrounds.
"For the Maple Ridge branch, our goal is $10,000," said shelter manager Jennifer York. That could keep us in vaccinations for cats and dogs for an entire year." entire year."
"So it's huge," she emphasized. "It's huge for us. Not to mention..." [the B.C.-wide walks are the biggest fundraiser for animals in the province. The combined walks are hoping to raise a total of $1 million for animals in B.C. this year Registration for Sunday's event is at
11 a.m. with the walk starting at 1 p.m. More than just a walk, York stresses it's a great way to spend the day as a family.
"We ask every adult to pay the $25 registration fee, kids are free of course," York noted. "This way all participants receive a T-shirt."
All registration money, pledges, and funds raised for the event go to the animals in the SPCA's care.
Activities at the Albion Fairgrounds will include live music, agility and nose-work demos, facepainting, an "ask a vet" booth, and much more.
"Paws to Dance is coming, too," said York. "They are super cute. It's dog agility, but to music, so it looks like the dog is dancing."
Another fun event is the bowl-licking competition.
"That's always a hoot," York commented.
When asked why it's important to support the local SPCA, York didn't hesitate to answer,
York didn't hesitate to answer, "The BCSPAC is the only organization in the province with the authority to investigate animal cruelty. But our efforts are limited by donation dollars."
As a non-profit organization which does not receive funding from the government, it is only through local support the SPCA can continue their work.
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