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Family Fun for Four Legged Fidos and their Furless Friends

By Contributor
September 5th, 2014

It must be September, because it’s Lakeside Park is going to the dogs.

Sunday (September 7),  for one morning only, Nelson animal lovers can walk their dogs legally in the park as part of the 2014 Paws for a Cause.

The event is the BC SPCA’s single largest fundraiser and every year, thousands of animal-lovers in more than 34 communities across BC register, fundraise, and walk to fight animal cruelty.

The Nelson SPCA is encouraging the whole family to come out for an enjoyable stroll along the waterfront, with or without a four legged friend. All money raised at the event goes directly to the Nelson branch and local animals.

Registration will be available at the event, starting at 9:30 a.m., or online .

There will be Oso Negro coffee and live music from Julie-Johnson Murray and Dylann McPherson throughout the morning.

Snacks and juice will also be provided complimentary. For the younger set, there will also be a specifically dedicated children’s area with a variety of games and face painting available.

The walk begins at 11 a.m. and runs from the Lakeside Park to the Prestige Inn and back, but you can turn around whenever you want.

After the walk dogs will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of doggy games like music sit and wiener bobbing.

There will be fun for the humans too and some fantastic prize packages will be awarded – the top fundraising adult receives a $250 Co-op gift card, the top team gets a $300 Hume gift card and a very special prize for the top fundraising youth has yet to be announced.

There are also runner-up prizes in all categories.

The last two years, Nelson’s Kelsey Griko was the top youth fundraiser in the province.

“All animal lovers are welcome and you don’t have to have a dog to participate,” says Nelson branch manager Rob Andrew, “for the $25 registration fee, you get a small gift bag, a t-shirt, and free food and drinks.”

It is free for kids under 18 and the registration fee will be waived if $40 or more in pledges are collected.

All participants will have access to a free complimentary barbeque featuring vegetarian or cruelty-free meat options.

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