Hundreds of dogs and their humans participated in Paws For A Cause in Victoria Sunday. The 2km walk, a fundraiser for the BC SPCA, raised nearly $45,000. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Hundreds of dogs and their humans participated in Paws For A Cause in Victoria Sunday. The 2km walk, a fundraiser for the BC SPCA, raised nearly $45,000. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

‘Paws For A Cause’ brings out hundreds of dogs and their humans in Victoria

Annual fundraiser to benefit BC SPCA is ‘critical’ says branch manager

A sprinkling of rain did nothing to weather the efforts of a few hundred people who came out in support of Paws For A Cause, the annual 2 kilometre fundraiser walk benefiting the BC SPCA.

At the Dallas Road dog park Sunday afternoon, dogs of all shapes and sizes – some in rain coats just like their humans – gathered to walk, run and play to raise much needed funds for the Victoria branch of the SPCA.

“We are walking to fight animal cruelty,” says Annie Prittie-Bell, branch manager of the Victoria BC SPCA.

The annual fundraiser, this year hoping to raise $50,000 to support the Victoria branch and Wild ARC, is vital, Prittie-Bell says, because the Victoria shelter is completely donor-funded.

“We really rely on having people involved,” she explains, “recognizing us as where they want to come and adopt from in Victoria.”

Between 75 and 125 animals are in care at any given time in the Victoria shelter, where more than 1,300 animals are adopted each year. Those animals come from across the province with close to 500 transfers into the branch.

RELATED: ‘Paws’ this weekend and fight animal cruelty in B.C.

This year, staff and volunteers from Victoria went to Prince George to lend a hand at the dog evacuation centre during the wildfires bringing 17 animals back to the Island to make room for others who were evacuated.

“It’s critical to be able to transfer, to be able to have the support that we need locally in order to have those foster homes and adopters here so that we can keep moving animals around the province,” Prittie-Bell says

RELATED: Driver charged with speeding in crash that killed Sooke teen

Led by the Navarrete family, who in honour of their son Carter, a Sooke teen who passed away two years ago in a car crash, return each year to his favourite event, the walk took a scenic route along Dallas Road.

Participants returned to the dog park for games, a kids zone, info booths, food trucks, a beer garden and even a dry spot to snuggle some furry friends in the official “cuddle lounge.”

“It’s both a public event, but also a very important message,” Prittie-Bell says.

@kristyn_anthony

kristyn_anthony@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Grandmothers to Grandmothers is a campaign that connects Canadian grandmothers with grandmothers in Africa who are caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Here, they are in Kakuto, Uganda in 2018. (Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar photo)
Greater Victoria and African grandmothers celebrate solidarity with virtual concert

Grandmothers to Grandmothers supports women in Africa caring for children orphaned by AIDS

Naloxone is used to treat opioid overdoses. (Black Press Media files)
Island Health issues overdose advisory for Greater Victoria

The advisory directs bystanders to an overdose to call 911 and administer naloxone

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Driver who crashed into Uptown Walmart likely suffering mental health crisis, police say

Man in his early 20s drove through a parkade wall, no serious injuries reported

Supporter Gordy Dodd cheers on HeroWork Victoria executive director Trevor Botkin, who will be in a lift for 36 hours beside Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress on April 16 and 17 to raise funds for the organization’s next project, a makeover of the Salvation Army’s Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre on Johnson Street. (Courtesy HeroWork Victoria)
HeroWork Victoria tackles makeover of Salvation Army rehab centre

Executive director to spend 36 hours living in a lift as fundraiser

West Shore RCMP is seeking information about a collision involving a car and a bicycle on Six Mile Road, near the Island Highway, at 11:30 a.m. on April 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP seeks information about collision between bike, car

Collision occured on Six Mile Road on April 7 and a bystander got the blue car’s plate number

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has restricted indoor dining at all restaurants in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 indoor dining, drinking ban extending into May

Restaurant association says patio rules to be clarified

Two men were seen removing red dresses alongside the Island Highway in Oyster Bay. (Submitted photo)
Two men filmed removing red dresses from trees on highway near Ladysmith

Activists hung the dresses to raise awareness for Vancouver Island’s Murdered/Missing Women & Girls

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

RCMP on scene yesterday at the altercation at the trailer park. (Submitted photo)
Violent altercation at Port Hardy trailer park sends one to hospital

Police say man confronted another over airsoft shooting, then was attacked with a weapon

John Albert Buchanan was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2017 death of Richard Sitar. Pictured here, Buchanan walking to the court in Nanaimo last year. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Six years including time served for Nanaimo man in bludgeoning death

John Albert Buchanan sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo for death of Richard Sitar

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Guinevere, lovingly referred to by Jackee Sullivan and her family as Gwenny, is in need of a gynecological surgery. The family is raising money to help offset the cost of the procedure. (Jackee Sullivan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley lizard’s owners raise funds for gynecological surgery

The young reptile is scheduled for operation on Tuesday

Facebook screenshot of the sea lion on Holberg Road. (Greg Clarke Facebook video)
VIDEO: Sea lion randomly spotted on remote B.C. logging road

Greg Clarke was driving home on the Holberg Road April 12, when he saw a large sea lion.

Defence counsel for the accused entered two not guilty pleas by phone to Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Jan. 12. File photo
B.C. seafood company owner fined $25K for eating receipt, obstructing DFO inspection

Richmond company Tenshi Seafood is facing $75,000 in fines as decided March 4 by a provincial court judge

Most Read