Young, smiling boy sitting at counter holding a cupcake in each hadn

Four-year-old William Siegel raised $759.60 for the animals at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre. He did so by baking cupcakes and asking people to donate to help animals in need. (Submitted photo)

Four-year-old’s baking efforts raise more than $750 for local Ontario SPCA

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday March 25, 2021

Four-year-old William Siegel loves animals. But unlike most his age, the youngster has turned that love into action, raising $759.60 for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre during their National Cupcake Day Fundraiser.

Though the enterprising boy did enlist his mother, Melissa Siegel, to help with the baking, he did all the decorating himself.

“We made chocolate and carrot,” said William.

Due to restrictions, they weren’t allowed to sell the cupcakes, so instead, they baked the treats, took pictures, posted them and asked friends and family members to donate to the cause. His school, Rockwood Public School, was particularly generous, but they had donors from all over the world.

People donated money all the way from Germany and the Netherlands, said William.

“Thank you,” he added with a shout, wanting to extend his gratitude to all those who supported his efforts.
Seeing such a young man take part in the Ontario SPCA’s annual fundraiser brought joy to Heather Jobe, Community Development Coordinator.

She absolutely loves seeing young people involved in helping their community.

“Encouraging kids to fundraise and helping them understand how their efforts positively impact so many vulnerable animals inspires a better connection with animals and promotes a sense of responsibility and empathy,” said Jobe. “William is already an animal lover and wants to help.

“Future animal wellness hero in the works here,” she added. “William is an inspiration to animal lovers all over Renfrew County. A huge high paw goes out to him for being such an amazing cupcake crusader for animals in need.”

Though William’s absolute favourite animal is the cheetah, the Ontario SPCA doesn’t cater to such large cats. Instead, the animal centre is a temporary home for small animals, regular-sized cats and, once renovations are completed, dogs of all sizes. Fundraisers such as the annual cupcake day help provide much-needed money for all the animals’ wellbeing.

“We work closely with the local animal hospital for vet care and spay/neuter surgeries for the animals in our care,” said Jobe. “We do not have a vet on staff. Cupcake day funds help pay for this essential vet care and also any emergency care, too. Costs continue to add up as we have animals coming through our doors needing our help every single day.”

Every year the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society ask volunteers to get out their aprons and mixing bowls and bake up a frenzy of cupcakes. The official date for 2021 was Feb. 22, but participants were encouraged to fundraise during the entire month.

As of publication, the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre has reached 50 per cent of their goal with $6,324.60 raised according to their website.

People can still donate to the organization at any time to help animals in need.