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Kane Dempsey, 8, decided to combine his love of animals and tattoos to fundraise for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre. He hopes to raise at least $500 from his temporary tattoo shop. He and his mother Brandy Burke operate the stand on Dundonald Drive from noon to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday on most days. (Submitted photo)

Tattoo stand raising funds for Ontario SPCA  

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday July 23rd, 2020

Kane Dempsey is thinking beyond the sidewalk lemonade stand to raise money to assist animals in need.

The eight-year-old has established a roadside temporary tattoo shop with funds going to the Ontario Sociaty for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Renfrew County Animal Centre. 

The enterprising youth has set up the stand on Dundonald Drive, offering temporary tattoos and bottles of water to passers-by. Half of what he collects will be donated to the local Ontario SPCA.

“Animals are dying, and we need to help the SPCA to get dog food, water and all that stuff,” Dempsey said. 

He hopes to raise at least $500 to give to the organization, and it was important to him that he took the time to do something to promote positive change in his community.  

“Because you can help the world,” he said, adding he plans on raising as much money as he physically can. 
While he is working, he remains under the supervision of his mother, Brandy Burke. 

“I think it is absolutely amazing and it is teaching him so much more in life to give and share,” she said. “Just because you may not be the most well-off, if you can share it, then share it.”

Public reception of the idea has been overwhelmingly favourable with a few people stopping by just to drop off a donation.

But Dempsey’s biggest fan is Heather Jobe, the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre’s Community Development Coordinator. She describes him as a genuine, kind young man who will inspire others to help in their own way.

“I think Kane is a pretty special young man to be thinking about what he could do to help the animals in our care,” she said. “Most kids his age are thinking about summer holidays. I love how Kane brought two things together that he loves, animals and tattoos. That is what fundraising is all about, doing what you love for the greater good.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the OSPCA has had to cancel some of their larger fundraising events. These smaller third-party fundraisers have become essential to running the animal centre.

But people don’t need to start up a business or launch an event to help, confirmed Jobe.

“We all have the means to make a difference for vulnerable animals in our community,” she said. “Whether it’s joining us for our virtual summer-long fundraiser Sweat for Pets, (paying it forward) to sponsor an animal’s adoption fee, or even following us on social media and sharing posts, all these things help us connect and do great things together for animals in need in Renfrew County.”

Dempsey is usually on location from noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, but for safety reason, he doesn’t work during heat waves. He also has plenty of sanitizers to keep people safe..