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    On May 25, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre held its annual Kibble and Bids Fundraiser, raising over $17,000 and counting. Emcee Tony Grace stands between volunteer Lea Thompson and Manager Amanda Eckersley. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Heff the rottweiler has found his home with Sarah Tough and Dave Pitre. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Tegan Turcotte adopted Charlie, the brave pup who lost her leg, but never lost her happy spirit. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



SPCA Kibble and Bids brings in more than $17,000

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Tuesday July 9, 2019

The annual Kibble and Bids Auction brought in $17,000 and counting, ensuring the animals at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SCPA) Renfrew County Animal Centre will be well taken care of.

Kibble and Bids is a longstanding annual fundraiser, but it is only the second time it incorporated a comedian group, Raise the Woof, to entertain the crowd. Though the money raised goes on to help the centre’s animals, the goal for the evening is more than just raising money.

Organizers notably wanted to “get the word out that we are here in Pembroke, caring for the community’s animals,” said Amanda Eckersley, Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre Manager.

The word seems to have gotten out that the non-profit organization relies on assistance from the public as local businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up and donated more than 150 items. These were then auctioned off, with all funds poured back into the local shelter to care for the pets in their care.

Eckersley felt profound gratitude that so many people were willing to provide items or, alternatively, come to the Germania Club on May 25 to bid on them.

Everyone who attended made a difference in the lives of these helpless animals.

“The dogs and the cats that come into the shelter are in need of a second chance,” said Volunteer Lea Thompson. “They are animals that have come through hard times for whatever reason. They need car

She is one of the centre’s most prolific and recognizable volunteers, and strongly advocates that people look to the centre for their new family pet.

“There are too many animals out there that don’t have a home,” she added.

Many of the pets that come through the centre do end up finding their forever home, evident in the countless good news stories posted around the room. A handful of the adoption alumni pets were also invited to attend with their pet parents in tow.

Rottweiler Heff was lucky enough to have found himself a family with Sarah Tough and Dave Pitre.

At first, they were a little unsure whether they even wanted to adopt a dog, never mind one as large as Heff. But one look in his soft brown eyes and they knew he was meant to be theirs. He was technically adopted when they first visited him, but that status changed within a week and they were then able to swoop in and claim him as their own.

Now the loveable pup is a member of their family.

“I don’t know what we would do without the OSPCA,” said Tough. “They were fantastic.”

Heff is just one of the many pets who received a second chance because of the animal centre, and there are many more out there like him, hoping to find their own family.

They can be found at the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre at 115 Woodcrest Dr. in Pembroke.

It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and is always looking for volunteers and donations.