Ontario SPCA and Humane Society launches Sweat for Pets to support vulnerable animals

Keeping fit can have an added benefit to local pets and animals in need for those participating in the Sweat for Pets fundraiser, benefiting vulnerable animals in the area. Photo courtesy of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society are calling on people of all age groups to join a virtual fundraiser to help vulnerable animals. The idea is to set a personal fitness challenge, hence the name Sweat for Pets, while raising funds. It is a five-week program starting running from Tuesday, May 25 to Friday, Jun. 25, 2021, and participants of any fitness level and ability are welcome. Participants can choose to run, walk, swim, or create unique challenges of their own. 

Sweat for Pets is the biggest virtual fundraiser for the Ontario SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Humane Society. 

“By participating in Sweat for Pets, you’re not only raising critical funds to give animals a second chance, but you’re also doing something good for yourself by getting active and setting personal goals,” said Marianne Carlyle, Centre Manager of the Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre. 

Carlyle cycled hundreds of kilometers for last year’s fundraising event and will be cycling 150 kilometers this Thursday for Sweat for Pets, starting and finishing at Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre at 800 Centennial Road in Brockville.

Funds raised during the activity will support animal sheltering and adoptions, humane education, reducing pet overpopulation, emergency rescue and treatment, reuniting lost pets with their families, and spay/neuter services. Participants can register at sweatforpets.ca and raise funds by asking family, friends, and neighbors to pledge their support to help change the lives of animals in need. 

There are also rewards for the fundraisers. The top provincial individual fundraiser and top provincial team fundraiser will receive $250 prepaid MasterCard each. And, top Top Individual Fundraiser at each Ontario SPCA location will receive a Yo Pet GPS Tracker with a year-long subscription.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society was established in 1873. It is an animal welfare charity that provides services for community-based sheltering, shelter health & animal wellness, animal rescue and relief, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs, humane education, and animal protection services. The charity also works to ensure province-wide leadership on preventing cruelty to animals.

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