Friends for Life walk supports animals at local SPCA facility

October 1, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Some people say a dog is a man’s best friend, and many people who support that notion, along with others who cherish their different pets, took part in the Friends for Life Walk at Island Lake Conservation Area last Saturday, Sept 21.

The Walk raises funds for local SPCA groups.

The Walk is actually held across the province by different SPCA units.

“Today is our annual Friends for Life Walk,” explained Orangeville SPCA centre manager, Jen Yapa. “It’s a fundraiser we do across Ontario. There’s 12 Ontario SPCA centres that are participating in September. Most walks are happening either today or tomorrow. We’re raising money and awareness for animal welfare across Ontario. The funds raised will go directly to support animal welfare and vulnerable animals in our community.” 

Many people brought their pets out to the event to go for a walk along the Conservation Area trails.

The local SPCA brought their mascot, a dog named Hercules.

“Hercules was a dog that came to us earlier in the year with a badly injured leg and eye,” Ms. Yapa said. “We had to amputate his leg. He was found in Shelburne as a stray on one of the coldest days of the year. A good Samaritan brought him in to our centre and we took care of his medical needs. He went into a foster program and was adopted.”

The Orangeville SPCA is located on Riddell Road in Orangeville and is always a busy place as animals are constantly arriving.

“The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society are a province wide leader in animal welfare supporting communities across Ontario and throughout Canada. We do a lot of work in northern programs where they lack resources. We’re a leader in providing animal care, animal welfare, and animal awareness in Ontario.”

Around 80 walkers and some of their pets took part in the event.

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