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    Tam Koppang prepares to walk her pup, Hercules. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Indy the dog is celebrating his birthday by taking a nice long walk. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Lea Thompson and this year’s spokesdog Foster lead the pack Sept. 15 around the Pembroke waterfront for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre’s 2019 Friends for Life! Walk. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    French Bulldog Dolly finishes up Rickell Blaedow’s soup. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Christina Kutschke brought Hank and Roxie to the event. Both puppies wre excited to be out and about. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Not all the puppies in attendance where real. But they were all there to support the walk. Emma Holman leads Sparky from the Pembroke Fire Department around. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Friends for Life! Walk raises $20K

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday October 10, 2019


The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre’s 2019 Friends for Life! Walk raised about $20,000 to help the animals in care.

Though the funds fell short of the $33,000 goal, what was raised will nonetheless go a long way, and organizers were happy with the turnout.

“Ultimately, our goal is to help these animals, but not only the animals but the people in the community,” said Animal Centre Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe. “It was evident ... when you see all the people out helping and walking.”

About 80 people registered for the walk, but many more showed up to take part in on-site activities, filling the Pembroke Waterfront that Sept. 15 morning. As far as the eye could see, dogs and their pet parents were having fun.

“It is really busy because people love animals,” said Jobe. “People want to help their community and people want to participate and get involved. I am overwhelmed and inspired by this all.”

As a non-profit entity, the Ontario SPCA relies heavily on the generosity of the community. Events like the fundraising walk are invaluable to preventing any shortfalls. Whether monetary or pet care products like litter and food, donations are always much appreciated and can be made in person at their location, 115 Woodcrest Dr. in Pembroke.