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Local businesses help SPCA to end animal cruelty

Quentin is a 1 1/2 year-old Pitbull/Terrier cross currently at the  Kelowna SPCA  looking to be adopted.  - Contributed
Quentin is a 1 1/2 year-old Pitbull/Terrier cross currently at the Kelowna SPCA looking to be adopted.
— image credit: Contributed

It is time again for the largest fundraising campaign for the animals of British Columbia.

The Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk to end animal cruelty will be held in communities around BC on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

In Kelowna, the event takes place at the north field of City Park.

“We are really trying to focus on the larger picture this year of creating this movement to end animal cruelty,” said Suzanne Pugh, Kelowna SPCA branch manager.

“Many people feel that they have to have a dog to attend this event and that is not true. We encourage all animal lovers to be involved and raise money to help our local abused, abandoned and unwanted animals.”

The B.C. SPCA is known to work with cats, dogs and small animals but their mission reads: to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals. In fact, the organization runs a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre outside of Victoria and focuses many of its advocacy campaigns on the welfare of farm animals including a SPCA-certified program.

Many local businesses are getting on board and raising money and awareness for this great cause.

Quality Greens Farm Markets in Penticton, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon are accepting donations at the till the entire month of August.

“The stores are selling dog treats with proceeds going to the B.C. SPCA or you can simple make a donation to support the animals,” said SPCA spokesperson Heather Harrison.

“Quality Greens has been a huge supporter of the B.C. SPCA for many years raising tens of thousands of dollars for our local animals, we thank Lisa and her team so much for their dedication and commitment.”

London Drugs has also begun a regional campaign including their stores in Penticton, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops.

“We are so thrilled to have the support of London Drugs again this year,” said Harrison.

Make a minimum of a $5 donation at the till and they will enter you in a draw to win a buggy full of products.

The Kelowna walk  at City Park will include a three and one kilometre walks, many fun dog games, a BBQ, 50/50 and live entertainment.

To join the fight to end animal cruelty, register online at  www.spca.bc.ca/walk or visit the local SPCA branch on Casorso Road to pick up a pledge form today.

For more information call the local SPCA branch at 250-861-7722.

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