A heart was an appropriate symbol for the annual B.C.SPCA Gala fundraiser held in Kelowna on Saturday night.
Presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, the gala event didn’t disappoint the animals again both through bidding for silent and live auction items, and ponying up to add several new features to the Kelowna branch of the SPCA on Casorso Road.
Craig Daniell, chief executive officer of the BC SPCA, cited that 87 animals were adopted from the Kelowna branch in October, and noted that 1,500 animals were looked after by branch staff during the past year.
Daniell said the SPCA is developing a strategic plan for the next five years across the province that will address: Educating youth about caring for animals, forming strategic partnerships with fundraisers and animal trainers, expand on animal cruelty prevention programs, invest $400,000 in a new spad and neutering initiative and investing in new SPCA facilities.
Special awards were also handed out to Kaylen Robinson as SPCA employee of the year at the Kelowna branch and James Bergen, a Special Olympian, as volunteer of the year.
Watch for the Capital News on Tuesday for more about the SPCA Gala.