Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

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SPCA Paws for a Cause raises an astounding $14K  

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A biker and his four-legged companion are regulars at the SPCA Paws for a Cause event in Chilliwack. Below, a pooch is baffled by wiener bits under water.


he annual Scotiabank Paws for a Cause is always a great time for both dogs and owners. Last Sunday, they strutted their stuff in a parade and then later put their companions through some fun events like a wiener dunk and a look-a-like contest.


There were kiosks for photos and paw prints. Some dogs were spray painted similar to when hunters use fluorescent colours on their dogs tails so there is no mistaking them from wild animals.


Westcoast K9 Training put on a sniffer dog demonstration where the animals run through a series of luggage items spread out on the ground looking for a seeded suitcase. When they find the right one they're trained to sit next to it.


Mount Cheam Lions Club was there with dog guides which are used to assist handicapped people such as autistic kids. Their dogs also provide help to people who have seizures, vision or hearing problems. Some dogs are trained


According to one member, the cost to train these dogs is around $25,000 each which the Lions Club of Canada sponsors without government assistance through it's Legacy Program.


Chilliwack Branch Manager Ivanna Ferris was very grateful to the community for coming out to support the event.


Trainer Barry McKnight puts Einstein the sniffer dog through his paces in an entertaining demonstration.


A total of $14,600 was raised this year which is $3,000 more than 2013. The branch 2014 fundraising target was $38,000. According to Ferris, they surpassed that figure and the money is still rolling in.


"We had over 100 dogs in attendance with their families. Our top fundraiser was Juanita Stander who collected $4,576.22 while the top team was Sutton Group headed by Karen Armstrong who raised $3,800. The top youth was Emily Manley who raised almost $500," said Ferris in an email to The Voice on Wednesday.

Those who couldn't make the event can still donate online here.


The Lions Club also takes donations at


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