Sophie and Betty are introduced prior to the start of the Prince Rupert SPCA’s annual Paws for a Cause on Sunday.

Paws for a Cause raises more than $7,100 for Prince Rupert SPCA

There were plenty of dogs, but the only cats to be found were of the painted, human variety down at Mariner's Park on Sunday.

There were plenty of dogs, but the only cats to be found were of the painted, human variety down at Mariner’s Park on Sunday.

That’s OK though, as the Prince Rupert SPCA’s Paws for a Cause walk event went off without a hitch.

Approximately 25 canine friends joined in on the annual walk to raise awareness for animal cruelty and help rescue animals across B.C. when they took off from the park towards Cow Bay at noon.

But man’s best friend wasn’t the only species having fun – there were activities such as face-painting, barbecued food and beverages, bowl-slurping, hot dog-bobbing and a doggy doo toss.

Merchandise from the branch was sold on location and a few adoptable dogs took part in the walk as well.

“There’s quite a few animals needing homes at the branch right now. We have a lot in foster homes right now as well, so they’ll be available to come for adoption shortly and all our animals can be viewed online at,” said SPCA branch manager Jamey Morris.

Topping $5,000 in funds for the third year in a row, the branch raised over $7,100 as of Monday morning, easily clearing their goal of $6,500, with more donations coming in early in the week. On Sunday, they were already 75 per cent of the way there.

“Online, as of this morning, we had raised $4,900,” said Morris on Sunday.

“It’s been really good. It seems like people are having fun and all the dogs are happy.”

The canines got acquainted through their usual rear-sniffing protocols and there was a large selection of breeds and sizes to be found on Sunday.

The BC SPCA responds to animal cruelty cases with education and constables issuing warrants to remove animals from dangerous or neglectful situations. The organization prepares reports for Crown Counsel, recommending formal charges of animal cruelty and is the only animal welfare agency with the mandate and authority to respond to animal cruelty complaints. Last year, the BC SPCA conducted 8,849 new animal cruelty investigations in the province.

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