There was no shortage of furry friends walking along the trail at Cottonwood Island park Sunday morning.
The ‘Paws For A Cause’ walk saw many pet owners raise money and awareness in the fight to prevent animal cruelty. The fundraiser put on by the BC SPCA brought all sorts of fun games for the pooches from a wiener eating contest to musical chairs.
With a goal of raising 20 thousand dollars, North Cariboo SPCA Branch Manager, Jamie Walsh says Prince George is well on its way. “As of earlier in the week we were already at 14 thousand dollars.”
This year’s walk through Cottonwood Island Park was nearly two kilometres with a barbeque and pet-related vendors on hand. For the pups, there was also nail trimming, grooming, and a variety of doggie contests.
Walsh says it’s a fun way to get the community involved at a time when animals are in need of more support. “Right now we’re looking for many foster homes, we’re looking for people that are helping and educating, getting awareness out there for what we need as a society and helping the animals in our community.”
The BC SPCA conducted more than 10 thousand animal cruelty investigations last year and Walsh says the money raised is a good first step in changing that statistic. “Many of our animals come in sick or injured, hit by a car, other injuries, and those types of things,” she said. “We do have to raise money to support that cause as well as our cruelty investigation department, so many of our constables are going out and traveling far, giving the people what they need to help take care of the animals properly.”