The annual SPCA fundraiser Paws for the Cause goes Sunday at 11 at Lakeside Park.

Dogs have their day at Lakeside Park

On Sunday, Nelson animal lovers will get their chance to break the law for a good cause.

It’s that time of year again, when Lakeside Park goes to the dogs. On Sunday, Nelson animal lovers will get their chance to break the law for a good cause. For just one morning only, Lakeside Park will welcome dogs as part of the 2014 Scotiabank BC SPCA Paws for a Cause.

The event is the BC SPCA’s single largest fundraiser for the year and is integral in helping them continue to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. The SPCA is encouraging the whole family to come out for an enjoyable stroll along the waterfront, rain or shine. 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 at spca.bc.ca/walk. There will be live music in the morning and an exciting dog agility demonstration after the walk.

Complimentary coffee, juice, and snacks will be provided in the morning. There will also be a specifically dedicated children’s area with a variety of games and face painting available.

The walk begins at 11 and runs from the Lakeside Park to the Prestige Inn and back. After the walk dogs will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of doggy games.

There will be fun for the humans too and some fantastic prize packages will be awarded — the top fundraising adult and youth each receive a $250 gift card (from the Kootenay Coop and Tribute Board Shop and the top team receives a $300 group outdoor activity package from ROAM. There are also excellent runners-up prizes in all categories.

“You don’t have to have a dog to participate,” says Nelson branch manager Rob Andrew. “For the $15 registration fee, you get a gift bag, a t-shirt, and free food and drinks.”

It’s 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 barbecue featuring vegetarian or cruelty-free meat options.

For further information, contact the Nelson SPCA at 250-352-7178 or drop in to the Adoption Center at 520-C Falls St, off Baker and above the bowling alley.

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