This Saturday between noon and 3 pm BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Powell River District and Branch will be hosting its second annual Lock-In For Love. The event has volunteers spending some time locked up with furry companions at the local branch, all in the name of raising funds and awareness for the group.
“It’s a super-fun event and so many great people come and volunteer their time and fundraise,” said Powell River BC SPCA branch manager Tara Daniels. “All of the money fundraised stays to help our animals locally. It helps with all of the expenses the branch faces; a lot of them are medical expenses and then general food and care.”
Participants getting locked in this year include Bob Coulter, Bobby Fields, Blair Goble and Lisa Lombardo.
“This is my second year participating,” said Coulter. “Last year we had a goal of $2,500 and we raised almost $7,000, so it was a tremendous success.”
In addition to monies raised, the event is an open house. The public is invited to come tour the branch, meet volunteers and some of the animals available for adoption. The highlight of last year, said Coulter, was seeing several of the animals at the branch finding homes, including a mother cat and several kittens, and a large dog.
“We had a 70-kilo Cane Corso named Elvis, a 150-pound dog,” said Coulter. “He was 10 years old and a longtime resident and we all wondered: ‘Who is going to adopt a large breed, old dog?’ On the event day, Elvis got adopted.”
For more information or to donate, go to lockin.spca.bc.ca/powellriver.