Polly sits next to a card created by local artist Vicky Issot used to help defray costs for the chihuahua’s medical procedures. File photo

Finley’s hosts Polly fundraiser

Event goes towards dog’s medical costs

The BC SPCA Nelson branch is holding a burger and beer fundraiser on Saturday, April 7 at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill in support of emergency and costly medical procedures.

The night is in honor of Polly, a chihuahua rescued from the pound in Tijuana and brought to Nelson via San Diego in January. Polly went missing less than 24 hours after arriving in Nelson and was lost for eight nights in the dead of winter, despite hundreds of animal lovers in Nelson looking for her. When she was finally found by two Nelson Hydro workers, she was depleted and required surgery and foster care, but has recovered remarkably well.

Local artist and event organizer, Vicky Issott, had the idea for the fundraiser when she was making Polly themed greeting cards for Polly’s many fans. “People were asking about whether the original portrait was for sale,” Issott said, “so I decided the best thing would be to raffle it off.” The original Polly print will be one of several great raffle prizes at the event.

The fundraiser runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature cruelty-free local beef from Kootenay Natural Meats as well as the new plant-based Beyond Meat burger. The premium meat and vegan burgers options make this a better value than your average burger and beer event.

Tickets are $15 and include the burger and beverage of your choice – alcoholic or non and are available at the SPCA (520C Falls St.), Pet Valu in the mall, or at the door. This is a family friendly event, so bring friends, family, and co-workers of all ages out to support the cause. For further information, please contact the SPCA at 250-352-7178.

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