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5th Walk to Stop Animal Abuse is set for April 23rd

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This year not only marks the 5th anniversary of the Fort McMurray SPCA’s (FMSPCA) annual Walk to Stop Animal Abuse but for the first time the event will be held on the region’s own Animal Abuse Prevention Day, proclaimed by the Mayor each year as April 23rd.

Outside of the province of British Columbia, Wood Buffalo is the only region in Canada to date to have proclaimed an Animal Abuse Prevention Day, a trend the FMSPCA hopes will spread across the country to raise awareness for animal abuse prevention and strengthen municipal, provincial and federal legislation regarding domestic animal protection.

Each year, hundreds of pet owners across the region raise pledges and gather to walk together in support of the lives the FMSPCA helps to rescue and rehome.  The pledges help to fund the organization’s Isabella Paws Fund to help provide essential medical treatment and care to animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect.  

The Fund was named after Isabella, a 12 week puppy rescued by the FMSPCA whose injuries were the worst case of abuse that the FMSPCA had seen.  In spite of severe injuries, Izzy as she is affectionately known was able to receive the medical treatment and surgeries she required through donations raised by the public and now lives a happy life in her forever home.  Since her rescue and recovery she has become the spokespet for other animals in need and the fund named in her honour.

This year, the FMSPCA will be expanding the activities at the event and hopes to welcome even more community members out to walk in support of animals in need in our community.  For more information about the event, stay tuned to their Facebook page at Fort McMurray SPCA or their website at where pledge forms are available for download.