North Okanagan pet owners are urged to take some steps to help animals in their community.
Registration is open for the 2012 Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk held each September 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 the province’s most vulnerable animals.
The Paws for a Cause walk in Vernon takes place at BX Ranch Park Sunday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Registration is $25.
Participants will be able to enjoy entertainment and activities, including: various dog demonstrations, a dog weight-pulling demo, a look-a-like competition, a doggie fashion show, coffee and snacks, a barbecue and kids corner.
“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 local and province-wide prizes. Exciting prizes to be won by top fundraisers include an amazing Okanagan trip (courtesy of sponsor, See Ya Later Ranch Winery), an Xbox Kinect bundle and a fabulous group gift basket from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus valued at $1,000 and for every $100 participants raise before Sept. 8 they will get one entry for a new iPad.
All youth participants 17 and under register for free and are automatically entered to win a Playstation Vita Console.
Visit spca.bc.ca/walk to register and to get all the latest news and information.
This event is supported by local sponsors: Creekside Animal Clinic, Central Animal Hospital, Shampooches, Royal Garden Restaurant, 107.5 Kiss FM and Brenda Hala’s Photography & Framing.