Paws for a Cause helps local shelter

The annual Scotiabank/BCSPCA Paws for a Cause walk takes place this Sunday at the Birchbank Picnic Grounds to help raise funds for homeless and abused animals and the local shelter.

Sunday is going to the dogs … and cats and any other pet that passes through the doors of the SPCA.

The annual Scotiabank/BCSPCA Paws for a Cause walk takes place this Sunday at the Birchbank Picnic Grounds to help raise funds for homeless and abused animals and the local shelter.

Trail is one of only two events in the West Kootenay, the other in Nelson, but the response has always been outstanding said

Danielle Jackman, manager of the local SPCA branch.

“Last year we raised $15,000 and it all stayed local,” said Jackman, adding the funds were used for improvements to the shelter.

Sunday’s walk begins with registration at 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 11 a.m.

As for participants, Jackman said people usually bring their own pets but “some volunteers will be walking SPCA animals.”

Not only with our four-legged friends be treated to a day at the park but the human participants will enjoy music, food, games and prizes.

There will also be a dog agility demonstration by trainer Linda Murray as well as a silent auction throughout the day.

Kids can get their faces painted while the dogs can enjoy a nail trimming.

Jackman said the majority of funds from the day are raised through pledges, although there is a small registration fee.

People can also sign up online and begin taking pledges for the walk, which circles the grounds and goes up the Birchbank Station Road.

For more information on the event visit the spca.bc.ca/walk and follow the link to the Trail SPCA website.