Paws for a Cause Sept. 11

Animal lovers in the Comox Valley area are urged to slide into their favourite pair of walking shoes and get moving to help a furry friend.

Animal lovers in the Comox Valley area are urged to slide into their favourite pair of walking shoes and get moving to help a furry friend.

Registration is open for the annual Scotiabank and B.C. SPCA Paws for a Cause walk held each fall to raise funds for homeless and abused animals in B.C.

Each year, participants in 37 communities around the province walk with colleagues, friends, family and with their dogs to raise $1 million to help animals in need.

“This is the largest single event supporting animals in B.C.,” says Denise Meade, the society’s director of development. “Participants are already signing up and will be fundraising in their own communities all summer long,” says Meade.

“The creativity and passion that people show each year is remarkable. People in every region of the province — the Lower Mainland, Coast, Island, Interior, Kootenays and northern B.C. — gather together each September to go on walkathons and hold many interesting all-ages events and activities to raise money to help animals in their community.”

To register and for more information, visit spca.bc.ca/walk.

Scotiabank and B.C. SPCA Paws for a Cause will be held in the Comox Valley at Marina Park on Sept. 11. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk start time is 10.

Activities will include dog agility and flyball demonstrations, bobbing for wieners, a toy toss, a treasure hunt and lots of fun. For more information visit spca.bc.ca/branches/comox-valley.

Katie, the amazing can-collecting canine, raised hundreds of dollars last year by collecting cans on her daily walks and returning them for refunds.

“As far as we know, Katie was the only non-human to personally sign up. And what’s more, she actually did her own fundraising,” says Meade.

The B.C. SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations.

Its mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

— B.C. SPCA