Woman wearing a face mask, sits on couch next to curly haired, mid-sized dog

Certified Tax Preparer Terry Wright prepares taxes with money going directly to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre. Tucker the dog is one of her assistants. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf)

Taxes for Treats supports SPCA

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday April 8, 2021

Certified Tax Preparer Terry Wright uses her skills with numbers to better the lives of local animals in need.

For the past seven years, she has been raising money through her Taxes for Treats fundraiser, doing people’s yearly taxes and donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Renfrew County Animal Centre.

Wright pays out of pocket for any extra incurred fees, ensuring that the local Ontario SPCA receives as much as possible.

The Petawawa local has been a long-time supporter of the charitable organization. When she first retired from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for medical reasons, she decided to volunteer with the Ontario SPCA, finding purpose in helping the animals.

But as friends and family asked her to do their taxes year after year, an idea to further help the animal centre was hatched.

At first, she did a “big shop” with the funds she collected from completing tax returns, buying food, treats and toys at local pet stores. But she soon realized that sending the money directly to the Renfrew County animal centre would benefit them even more as they could then allocate the funds where they were most needed.

“I realized that there was so much more going behind the scenes than just treats and enrichement toys,” said Wright. “Those only go so far.”

But she admits that she can’t help herself, and in addition to the Taxes for Treats donation, she still likes to give the pets toys and other enrichment supplies.

Wright doesn’t have a specific fundraising goal for 2021, but she does hope to raise more this year than last. In 2020, she collected $2,640.

“Every year, I just want to do better than the year before,” said Wright.

The fundraiser is an ideal fit for her work experience and lifelong interest in math and numbers.

“(As a child) my favourite game to play was to go through the Sears catalogue and add things up,” said Wright.

Though Taxes for Treats is more of a hobby now that she is retired, Wright is still certified by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), has years of qualified experience, and all client information is under lock and key in a fire-proof safe. She also has a secure drop-box for those who prefer to keep socially distant.

“I have a rule that I get them done within 24 hours and I usually get them done before that,” said Wright.
She still has room for more clients.

Her prices are $30 for a single return and $50 for a couple, and returns can be completed at the individual’s home, via email or phone, or at Wright’s home. Pick up and drop off services are available as well, with evening and weekend appointment possible. Each tax return comes with a bag of 100 per cent natural, gluten-free and locally made Jaxbert Treats.

To schedule an appointment, call 613-504-2628 or email taxesfortreats@hotmail.com. More information can also be found at www.ontariospca.ca