May 20, 2006 09:00 ET

Second Annual Dog Walk-A-Thon!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 20, 2006) - The Canadian SPCA, along with animal lovers, is descending upon Parc Lafontaine to give a voice to animals at our annual dog walk-a-thon, The Royal Canin Shaggy Dog Strut. Walk begins at 11 am. We are inviting all Montrealers to raise pledges for the SPCA, and to say loudly that we are a community that loves, respects and protects animals.

Help us raise money and awareness to hire more Animal Protection Officers. For many of us, our pet's life contrasts greatly from the thousands of animals that are abandoned each year at the SPCA, or those that we seize from the hands of abuse either from their master or because of the lax animal protection laws in the province of Quebec. We hope this powerful comparison will motivate the public to look at their beloved four-legged friend and be inspired to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. For more information about the walk, and to register, please visit www.spcamontreal.com or call 514.735.2711X272.

The Canadian SPCA was founded in 1869 making it the oldest humane society in Canada. Its mission is to protect animals against negligence, abuse and exploitation and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by ensuring their well-being. Raising public awareness and helping develop compassion for all living creatures is also part of its mandate. Every year, the Montreal and Laval SPCA find homes for over 10,000 animals, making them the shelters with the highest number of adoptions in Canada.

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