June 06, 2014 - 1:26 PM
KAMLOOPS - The branch manager of the local SPCA is grateful for the outpouring of support from the community for the City Challenge, especially on the heals of a break-in that threatened any hope of reaching the $40,000 goal.
After a year of multiple major surgeries, vandalism and ringworm the local shelter was itching to hit the target this year, and beat Prince George in the process. They trailed Prince George for much of the month and then with only one week left the shelter was broken into and thousands of dollars in donations stolen.
The community rallied following the break-in and Branch Manager Charleen Holloway is grateful for the overwhelming support.
“We saw more donations due to the break-in,” Holloway says. “We are so grateful to the community for the overwhelming support of all the homeless, abandoned and abused animals that require our support. Thanks for the continued support.”
When all the numbers were tallied from the more than one dozen events held in support of the annual fundraiser Kamloops came in at $58,092, well above the $40,000 goal and more than $8,000 above Prince George. It is the first time in three years Kamloops has beat Prince George during the City Challenge.
Holloway says they are now focusing on summer camps for kids and the abundance of cats and kittens currently in their care.
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