September 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM
KAMLOOPS – The single largest event to fight animal cruelty in Kamloops returns in just over a week.
Walkers and their pets will pack Pioneer Park for the B.C. SPCA Paws for a Cause Sunday, Sept. 13.
The goal for the event this year is the same as last year, $20,000. Last year the shelter fell short of the goal.
The Kamloops shelter cared for nearly 1,100 animals last year and continue to rely on community donations. A portion of funds raised during the walk will go towards animals currently in care. All animals are checked over by a veterinarian and those needing it are spayed or neutered.
Each year animals come to the shelter with unique needs as well.
This past year Priscilla, a small Chihuahua-like dog, was suffering from a protruding intestine as a result of two hernias. Her treatment cost almost $2,000. Five-week-old kitten Willow came to the Kamloops shelter with a hole in her eye. The eye was so infected and swollen, she was blinded. The cost to remove her eye was also roughly $2,000. Medical care for both animals has been met, but there are more like them.
Part of Brentwood’s tail died and needed to be removed. His surgery cost roughly $1,100 and is only been partially funded so far.
Along with the animals in care, a portion of funds raised will go towards the Kamloops SPCA’s feral cat program. Without a program in place to spay and neuter feral cats, colonies can grow out of control.
The Kamloops branch was also recently the victim of vandalism, an added cost that takes away from funds meant to the care for the animals.
Paws for a Cause begins at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 13, along the Rivers Trail in Pioneer Park.
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