Good turnout for first animal fundraiser in year of the dragon

Oline Tischer (left), president of the local SPCA Auxiliary, helps out a potential customer during Saturday
Oline Tischer (left), president of the local SPCA Auxiliary, helps out a potential customer during Saturday's fundraiser.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

The Kelowna SPCA Auxiliary kicked off 2012 with its first fundraiser of the year.

Oline Tischer, president of the local SPCA Auxiliary, said that the group does fundraisers in every month of the year, excluding July and August.

"We raise about $30,000 a year doing these and in the summer time we have garage sales out at the shelter," said Tischer.

Tischer said that Saturday's fundraiser, which featured a white elephant sale and a luncheon, was well attended.

The SPCA Auxiliary raises money for the SPCA; however, they do not work directly with the animals.

But Tischer said that the money they raise can be very helpful in emergencies; she cited an example of what the funds can be used for.

"They had an emergency with some cats, it was getting too hot in the room that they were in. We went out to Costco and bought them a portable air conditioner."

The effort behind the fundraiser is essential to making things run smoothly, according to Tischer.

"There are at least 10 or 15 of us. There's a kitchen crew: They come in early to make the soup and sandwiches. Everybody has their assigned areas. It's a real cooperative effort of the whole auxiliary.”

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