May 22, 2015 - 4:28 PM
KAMLOOPS – Looking to repeat its 2014 win, the Kamloops SPCA has taken the lead on Prince George in the annual City Challenge.
Kamloops B.C. SPCA branch manager, Charleen Holloway says with only one more week to go, Kamloops has already raised more than $35,000 to Prince George’s $15,000 to 17,000.
“It’s for the animals and it’s a friendly challenge,” Holloway says, acknowledging major staff changes recently in Prince George has put that city at a disadvantage.
In conjunction with the FurBall held earlier this month, the City Challenge includes a book sale taking place at the North Hills mall until Saturday. There have also been other events to help raise funds, including two more barbecues planned for this Saturday and the following Saturday. The one this Saturday, May 23, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rivershore Chrysler and the one on May 30 is at the Sahali M&M Meat Shops.
The goal of the Kamloops location is to reach $50,000.
There is also a month-long bottle drive taking place this month. While any bottles donated this month go towards the City Challenge, anyone donations dropped off past the end of the month can still done in the name of the SPCA at at General Grants or the Lorne Street Bottle Depot.
Every little bit counts, Holloway says, noting by the time an animal is adopted the cost of care is anywhere from $450 to $550. Three animals at the shelter within the last four days have required extensive treatment, a trend the local shelter is seeing an increase in.
“Unfortunately we’re seeing an increase in that.”
Holloway also has a message for those who have already donated.
“Thank you for opening your hearts and your wallets."
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