Local officials and executives will be ending up behind kennel bars during Red Deer and District SPCA’s new fundraising campaign, Catch, Fetch and Release on May 13.
“We intend to do a couple of pick-ups with our SPCA van. Red Deer Mayor Morris Flewwelling will be one of our feature prisoners,” said Heidi Arbeau-Wood, development officer at Red Deer and District SPCA.
Those captured will earn their freedom with bail donations to support the SPCA, which provides a safe refuge for lost and unwanted animals in Central Alberta and promotes responsible pet ownership.
Catch, Fetch and Release activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SPCA, 4505 77th St.
Other fundraising events this spring include the annual SPCA Garage Sale on May 27, 28 and 29, at 5239 53rd Ave., and Walk and Wag, at the SPCA and nearby walking trails, on June 11.
Arbeau-Wood said the SPCA’s Bark at the Bend was renamed Walk and Wag, and was moved to a new date and location.
“We thought June would be more accessible for students who would like to participate. As well, we hope to have better weather than we’ve had the last few years. It’s been quite rainy and chilly in September.”
Money raised by the events helps to support SPCA operations, including animal care and humane educational programs.
“These new events, we’re hoping will increase awareness of what we do and increase the funds that come in to support us.”
Last year the garage sale and Bark at the Bend each raised about $17,000.
For more information on SPCA events visit www.reddeerspca.com