SPCA Montérégie walks for “Hope”
Many people pamper their pets, spending money on their care and treating them like members of the family. Unfortunately, not all dogs and cats are treated the same in Quebec.
Last January 18, the SPCA Montérégie (the largest no-kill animal shelter in Quebec), rescued dogs from a puppy mill in St. Mathieu de La Prairie. The animals were found shivering in a cold, dark barn without food or water.
Named Hope by SPCA Montérégie caregivers, one of the rescued dogs was photographed shortly after the seizure, then again after she had received some TLC and made a full recovery.
The SPCA will organize its largest annual fundraiser, Come Strutt Your Mutt for Hope and her friends September 9. Hundreds are expected to come to St. Lambert Seaway Park for the event.
All animal lovers are invited to raise pledges to support the SPCA Montérégie, which continues to save countless animals each year. The organization receives no government help and they are not affiliated with any other SPCA in the province, but operate through private donations.
Participants with $75 or more of pledges will receive a free SPCA Montérégie t-shirt, while $25 worth of pledges allows access to the full day of activities. Three prizes will be offered for the most money raised. Pledge forms can be picked up at vet clinics and animal food stores. Or simply print one from the SPCA Mont érégie website.
The Canine Heart Free Style, along with the Seaway Swingers Square Dance Club, will entertain with dance routines and Reverend Ian McKay from the St.Lambert United Church will conduct a pet blessing. Those participating in the event may consult Jean Lessard, a well-respected dog trainer. Breakfast and lunch will also be available on site.
Come Strutt Your Mutt takes place at the St. Lambert Seaway Park on Riverside Drive, next to Champlain College in St Lambert, near Metro Longueuil. Registration starts at 9:30 am. Info: www.spcamonteregie.com.