Helping to fight animal cruelty is as easy as a walk in the park. Animal lovers across the province are invited to register and fundraise for the annual Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk, which is being hosted in more than 30 communities in BC throughout September and October (date may vary in some communities, check spca.bc.ca/walk for details).
All funds raised at the walk will help eradicate violence against BC’s most vulnerable animals. In 2015, the BC SPCA conducted 10,205 new cruelty investigations and helped more than 43,000 animals across the province. Not only do the funds participants raise go towards helping the animals already in the care of the BC SPCA, but they also help prevent animal neglect and abuse before it occurs.
“This is an amazing opportunity to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. By participating and fundraising for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk, you are truly making a difference in the lives of animals in need,” says Krista Constantineau, BC SPCA manager of fundraising events. “We’re making it easy for participants to register and fundraise online, through personal fundraising pages, powerful online tools and fundraising tips — asking for a donation has never been easier!”
Registering early has its advantages — there is an early-bird discount for those who sign up before June 30.
“By signing up and fundraising, you help animals in need throughout BC and you also get to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities for all the members of the family, including those with four legs,” Constantineau notes. “You will also be eligible for some awesome prizes, such as a new iPad, which is the draw prize for all walk participants who raise $150 or more.”
Participants can join as an individual, a group or a corporate team. To help you get started, the BC SPCA has set up an easy, user-friendly website at spca.bc.ca/walk, where animal lovers can register, find fundraising tips and tools, and learn more about how their participation and fundraising dollars ensures the BC SPCA can continue to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in BC.