Local philanthropist Tom Budd and his sons Patyon and Dillon might be the most popular people among the animals currently awaiting adoption at the Kelowna branch of the SPCA.
The reason for that excitement about the Budd family is the donations made to enhance the Kelowna branch over the past year.
It all started with the SPCA’s annual gala fundraiser for the animals last November. Budd along with his sons attended te gala, an event they’ve supported for the past three years.
During the evening, an opportunity was offered for supporters to provide a 600-foot perimeter fence around part of the SPCA property which would provide a larger for the animals to get outside and get some exercise each day.
Budd stepped up and said he would donate the $10,000 to cover the cost of the fence project. He also agreed to the match the purchase price for 100-year-old Paw Print Plaques, an auction item created to help celebrate the SPCA branch’s 100th anniversary.
Overall, of the $140,000 raised from the gala, the Budd family accounted for some $30,000.
“We consider their support as a family contribution and we are so proud that Payton and Dillon also choose to be young philanthroposts for our homeless animals,” said Suzanne Pugh, branch manager of the Kelowna SPCA.
The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation has also signed on for this year’s gala fundraiser event for Nov. 2 as the title sponsor.
The new fence is in conjunction with the completion of the Kelowna SPCA branch’s new education centre, built by Kevin Edgecombe of Edgecombe Builders.
The new building will provide host summer camps for children ages 6 to 13 where they can learn more about responsible pet care, provide individualized behavioural training to better assist dogs with special needs to find a home and to provide critical care for rehabilitating animals in need.