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General · 25th April 2013
Dr. Helen Kwong
Dear Campbell Riverites and surrounding communities,

As you may have heard, our Campbell River SPCA was forced to close its doors after 30 years serving our community due to the loss of the Animal Control Contract with the City of Campbell River. At this point, both parties have decided to come back to the table and re-start negotiations. As there will most likely be a shortfall in funds between what is offered and proposed, it is up to our community to make up the difference, and hopefully the SPCA will not be in this position next year. Our SPCA housed approximately 1100 pets each year, of which 800 of those pets were cats. We are headed for a population explosion of cats in Campbell River if something is not done immediately. As well, any Animal Welfare issues cannot be addressed efficiently in our community. At this time, both the City of Campbell River and the BCSPCA have stated that they are committed to bring the SPCA back to Campbell River, but it is a matter of FUNDING.

I propose to start a community-wide fund raising project called “Go Loonie for the SPCA.”

GO LOONIE FOR THE SPCA will be a new fundraising campaign in Campbell River. Individuals, companies and teams will be encouraged to raise money in a fun way. We are going to put the fun back in FUNDRAISING. Everyone will be encouraged to use their imagination on how they can raise money. Carol Chapman has graciously agreed to lead the charge We encourage people to throw down the gauntlet and challenge your friends, colleagues, classrooms, co-workers..., to beat your fundraising effort. Be wild, be whacky, and have fun. The event is for the entire month of May and ends at noon on May 31st. For those who want a challenge, the rules are simple. Each team must have a tally board visible to the public that will be updated everyday by noon. Corporate spying and skulduggery is actively encouraged because those who win their challenge gets MAJOR BRAGGING RIGHTS It will run like a silent auction so if your team is losing, you can top your funds up at the last minute.:)) The overall winner will receive a lovely trophy that is theirs to display for posterity. More details will be in The Mirror on Wednesday, April 24th and 26th. We will need plenty of volunteers to get this effort off the ground. Please call the Merecroft Veterinary Clinic at 287-2007 or got to our website at : www.merecroftvet.com and type in loonie in the search.

There will be an official kick-off on the steps of City Hall on May 1st at noon with our acting mayor and Carol Chapman. May the 1st will be proclaimed Campbell River SPCA day Remember, every little bit helps.

Sincerely,

Helen Kwong, DVM