TRENTON – Even man’s best friend needs a helping hand once in a while.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is hosting its fourth annual Bark in the Park event this Saturday at Trenton Park. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
All proceeds raised through donations will go to the Nova Scotia SPCA Pictou Branch to help animals in the county.
“This is a fun and animal-friendly event,” said Agnes Leavitt, Pictou SPCA branch manager. “There’s something for everyone, especially the kids.”
While this is the fourth year the Bark in the Park event is being held across Nova Scotia, this will be the first year it is in Trenton.
“The N.S. SPCA has given us all the info and resources to run the event but the Pictou branch staff and volunteers are responsible for the event,” said Leavitt.
Attendees are encouraged to register for the dog jog, doggie fashion show and kids and dogs talent show. There will be live entertainment, music, a barbecue, contests, prizes and more.
Best of all, the funds raised stay in the county. And Leavitt said if there was ever a time that the Pictou branch needed funds, it’s now.
“Coming into the fall and winter, it’s always our most difficult time financially, with heating and power bills in addition to vet bills and our supplies.”
She said the funds raised would be a huge help for shelter whose bills will top $700 a month.
“The number of animals we have coming in has been through the roof,” said Leavitt. “Typically, from April to October we see a number of kittens come in and this year has been no exception.”
This increase unfortunately coincides with a period of low adoption rates since people tend to be away from their homes and on vacation.
Currently the branch is overcapacity with cats and dogs that need homes.
Bark in the Park also follows on the heels of renovations to the Pictou County SPCA, which saw the construction of two free-roam cages, new flooring and a new adoption room for potential adopters.
Leavitt has no expectations for the events because she doesn’t want to limit local generosity.
“Pictou County has the potential to blow your mind,” she said. “We’re hoping for the best.”
For more information about Bark in the Park, or to download a donation sheet, please visit our website at www.spcans.ca-Pictou Branch.
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