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    The Cricket’s Canine Country Club in Beachburg teaches pets to become champions. Kate Scott shows off what Joe can do. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Saya was the walk’s spokesdog and lead the march with her owner Meghan Sutherland. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Saya was the walk’s spokesdog and lead the march with her owner Meghan Sutherland. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


2017 Friends for Life! Walk

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017


When Saya first came into care, she was considered unadoptable.

Though most dogs are frightened of unknown situations, she was absolutely terrified of everything and everyone. Her ability to connect with a possible family was in question. Her future looked bleak and her chances of finding a loving forever home seemed impossible.

Yet with time and the tender, patient care of staff and volunteers at the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre, she slowly came out of her shell.

This year, she was the spokesdog for their 2017 Friends for Life! Fundraising walk.

“She is so excited,” said Meghan Sutherland, Saya’s owner. “She gets to meet all these new dogs and is getting exposed to all these new things. She is having a great time.”

The dog that was once considered too timid for a family found herself a home where she is happy and loved.

“I’ve owned dogs all my life and I can honestly say that she is the first real dog I’ve had,” said Sutherland.

The human-canine duo led the pack on Sept. 23 at the Pembroke Waterfront. They were joined by others, who walked one km or three kms to help meet the target goal of $34,000.

“All funds that we raise today go towards our animal centre here locally in Renfrew County,” said Danielle Brunette, Community Development Coordinator for the local Ontario SPCA branch.

The funds help with adoption, giving animals in their care a second chance. It provides food and shelter as well as enrichment and medical care. With the average cost of care being $485 for a cat and $572 for a dog, events like the these are vital.

Brunette is grateful to everyone who helps out the organization, whether through participating in events, donating or volunteering their time.

Each person makes a difference in the lives of the animals.

“There is no better feeling than watching that dog leave (the centre) and get in that vehicle to their forever home,” said Brunette.

To date, this year’s event has raised more than $25,000.