“Every year we have different events to raise money,” said Shaelan Pomeroy, a volunteer with the North Peace SPCA. “Basically in the challenge, we approach local businesses to see if anyone wants to donate, and within our group of volunteers, we come up with different events and things we can do throughout the month to raise money.”
There are currently eight dogs in the Shelter, which will soon be available for adoption, as well as four in foster care. The number of cats in the Shelter is quite low right now, says Pomeroy, with around 15 in residence. These numbers were higher until recently, when the SPCA was able to transfer some of the animals to branches in other parts of the province. “These transfers give the animals a better opportunity to find a home,” she said.
The Challenge kicks off with an Open House on Saturday, May 10th at the Shelter from 12 – 4 pm. Take a tour, meet the animals, take part in kids’ activities, taste some delicious cupcakes, and feel free to drop off your cans and bottles in support of the Cans for Critters fundraiser.
A new event is taking place on May 23rd. Rescue Me is a new and fun event to help the animals. From 3 – 7 pm, up to ten nominated people will be kennelled down at the Shelter. Each kennelled person must raise $200 in order to be rescued. Nominations will be accepted until May 18th. If you wish to nominate someone, you can do so by sending a message through the North Peace SPCA’s Facebook page, or by email to [email protected] with the nominee’s name and phone number.
On Saturday, May 31st is the second annual Woofstock. Join the North Peace SPCA at On the Rocks Nightclub for a fun night of entertainment by The Dog and Pony Show, as well as Travis the Farmer. Enjoy awesome food, drinks and door prizes, all to support homeless animals in our community. Tickets will be available soon.
The School Challenge will be going on throughout the month. Several local schools will be challenging each other to see who can raise the most money this month for the animals. Pomeroy says that four or five schools in the city are participating this year, which is an increase from last year. Check to see if your child’s school is participating.