Hundreds take part in FMSPCA’s milestone Walk to Stop Animal Abuse event
By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly
Over 250 residents, and their pet pooches, joined together at the Snye Park for the Fort McMurray SPCA’s (FMSPCA) 5th annual Walk to Stop Animal Abuse on April 23.
“We had a great turnout today and it is wonderful see everyone come together to support our cause,” said Executive Director of the FMSPCA Tara Clarke at the event.
The milestone anniversary for FMSPCA raised $22,000 in funding to help animals in need. Provincial and municipal officials joined event organizers in welcoming the crowd with speeches about the importance of raising awareness to put a stop to animal abuse.
Participants also enjoyed a paw-cake (pancake) breakfast hosted by the IAFF Local 2494 Fort McMurray Firefighters with food provided by Save On Foods and a BBQ lunch was prepared by the Fort McMurray Kinsmen Club after the Walk. The new RESCUED Love bandanas sponsored by MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao helped bring in additional funds.
The day also marked the region’s inaugural Animal Abuse Prevention Day, which was proclaimed by Mayor Melissa Blake on April 4. The special day was first proclaimed in British Columbia, after private resident Wade Shaw requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to 56 sled dogs who were slayed in Whistler, B.C.
Clarke encourages residents to continue promoting a stop to animal abuse by writing letters “to your MLA and tell them you want stronger laws to not only protect animals, but prosecute offenders. Report abuse to the RCMP and, of course, adopt from a shelter to give homeless animals a second chance.”
During the event, former FMSPCA board member Lynn Hannah was gifted with a Russell Thomas painting of her dog Mac to thank her for commitments to the organization and for initiating the Walk five years ago.
“We are so grateful to our supports, sponsors and the event committee,” Clake shared. “It was also wonderful to be able to thank Diversified Transportation, who have been long-time supporters.”
The FMSPCA’s most recent rescued dog Bravery was also at the event to meet guests.
“It was wonderful to have Bravery at the event,” she said. “So many attendees got to meet her and see why their donations to help us help animals are needed and also see the impact it has to care for vulnerable animals and be their voice.”
To learn more on how to help or adopt an animal, visit www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca and keep up-to-date on the Fort McMurray SPCA’s Facebook page for news and upcoming events.