October 18, 2005 16:06 ET

SPCA: The Shaggy Dog Strut, A Success Even if Raining Cats & Dogs

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2005) - On Sunday October 16, close to 200 animal lovers braved the elements to participate in the inaugural Shaggy Dog Strut walk-a-thon, organized by the Canadian SPCA. This event, taking place at Park Place du Canada was expected to draw over 800 participants. For its first year, organizers are very happy that so many participants came out to support the event by walking in harsh weather conditions. Many of the participants solicited funds for our walk-a-thon by raising pledges from their friends and family. The care and love these participants have for animals was not missed by the event's organizers. According to Janet Ritchie, Events Coordinator, "We have worked very hard to help the uncared animals in our community. Despite the bad weather, people have come to participate anyway and we are so touched by their dedication to our cause and we are excited to begin planning the second edition of the walk-a-thon."

The second annual walk-a-thon will be in 2006 and all people are invited to put on their sneakers and throw their support behind our four-legged friends. It will be a great walk for a great cause.

In Quebec, one out of every two families has a pet. It seems as though almost everyone loves animals. Despite this, each day hundreds of animals are suffering or are killed needlessly. There are people though who work towards a society that protects, cares for and respects animals.

The Canadian SPCA is a not-for-profit organization that receives no government funding. We exist only through the generosity of public donations, which allows us to fulfill our mission. Each year, the Montreal and Laval shelters receive thousands of abandoned animals and respond to many cases of animal abuse. "Sadly, there are so many cases of animal cruelty; we have been unable to save every animal that suffers. However, if we all work together, we can ensure a better life for the animals in our society" stated Donald Smith, Assistant to the SPCA executive director.

The Canadian SPCA was founded in 1869, making it the first Humane Shelter in Canada. Last year, over 12 000 animals in the Montreal region were saved because of our services.

You are able to make a donation to the SPCA online by visiting www.spcamontreal.com or by mail at 5215 Jean-Talon West, Montreal, Quebec H4P 1X4.

Contact Information

  • SPCA
    Janet Ritchie
    Events Coordinator
    (514) 735-2711 ext. 228
    Howard Sholzberg
    Treasurer of the SPCA board of administrators
    (514) 335-0350