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New SPCA ‘Pets in the Park’ family event Aug. 21

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The Swift Current SPCA is looking to celebrate pets and families with a new summer event to be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Riverside Park on the south side.


The afternoon will include a pledge-based dog walk, and entertainment including children’s activities, music and a hot dog barbecue.
“We want this to be a fun and family-oriented afternoon to help raise some funds for the SPCA, but also to celebrate summer and our pets,” says Teresa Cole with the Swift Current SPCA. “We see so many folks out walking their dogs in our community, we thought why not enjoy a group walk for a change?”
The “Pets in the Park Promenade” will start at 1:30 p.m. in the playground parking lot area at the park. Participants can bring their dogs (on leash) for the 2.5-km walk (or a shorter 1.25-km loop). A minimum collection of $50 in pledges is required to enter the walk, and pledges of $10 or more receive a charitable receipt. Walkers get an official “pawsport” which will be stamped along the way. All fully-stamped pawsports will be eligible for prize draws. Prizes for costumes and most pledges collected will also be given out.
Walkers are asked to register in advance to get pledge sheets and instructions by phoning 306-773-1292 or by e-mailing Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Family “Furstival” part of the event will run from 12-5 p.m. in the Riverside Park greenspace to the east of the track. Low-cost family activities will include the Kin Train, crafts, a story circle, music and balloon animals. There will be a hot dog barbecue from 12-2 p.m. and popcorn, chips and drinks all afternoon.
Everyone is welcome to attend this part of the event if they are not part of the dog walk. The SPCA thanks event sponsor Domino’s Pizza for their support.
“It will be late summer and people will be wrapping up their holidays and thinking about getting back into their regular routines so we hope it will be a good time for a fun event like this to cap the summer,” Cole adds.
The Swift Current SPCA is a local volunteer-directed registered charity which receives no provincial or federal funding, is not affiliated with nor funded by the provincial SPCA, and must raise 80 per cent of its $300,000 annual operating budget from the community each year.
It serves approximately 300 domestic pets (cats and dogs) annually, providing 24/7, 365-day-a-year shelter, food, and care with a high standard of health safety. It also provides required medical services including a spay/neuter program, foster and adoption services, pound services for the City of Swift Current, and a lost and found registry and microchipping program to help reunite strays with owners. The SPCA has operated animal shelter services in Swift Current since 1973.

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