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Celebrating National Cupcake Day

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The SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre celebrated National Cupcake Day on Monday. Here community development co-ordinator Heather Jobe (left, with "Leia," and animal centre manager Amanda Eckersley, with "Foster," are joined by Mayor Mike LeMay who brought official greetings from the city.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre celebrated National Cupcake Day on Monday. Here community development co-ordinator Heather Jobe (left, with "Leia," and animal centre manager Amanda Eckersley, with "Foster," are joined by Mayor Mike LeMay who brought official greetings from the city.

The relocation of the Ontario SPCA to Pembroke is being hailed as a success by both the city and those people dedicated to protecting man's best friend or feline.

 

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre hosted its sixth annual National Cupcake Day on Monday. While the event was the first major fundraiser of the year for the organization, it gave the public a chance to have a look at the new facility located at 115 Woodcrest Drive, situated off Paul Martin Drive in Pembroke's east end.

Among the guests who dropped in to purchase some cupcakes was Mayor Mike LeMay, who said that the city was honoured to declare National Cupcake Day and act as a host community for the centre. Last year, the centre moved from its location at Paquette Road in Petawawa to this 6,000-square foot building which can accommodate a maximum number of animals including 20 dogs, 30 cats and three to five small caged pets.

“We are concerned, as a council and as a community, that treating animals humanely is the essential thing,” said LeMay. “This is one of their largest fundraising activities because they are not fully funded so I am today will be very successful.”

Originally devised by the SPCA in Australia, National Cupcake Day began in Canada in 2013. The initiative has since grown across the country year after year and has raised over $1 million to date. Animal lovers, organizations and local businesses were encouraged to register online, then bake cupcakes, host a cupcake party, or hand them out at work or school. Proceeds from the campaign will remain in the area and pay for the upkeep of cats and dogs who find themselves at the shelter.

“It's very inspiring to see people come together like this on behalf of animals they've never even met,” said Heather Jobe, community development co-ordinator for the Renfrew County Animal Centre. “People are raising money and donations and going out of their way to make sure it is successful.”

Jobe said the campaign will not know how much they have raised until the end of the week when all fundraising groups complete their events.

On Saturday, March 3, the Renfrew County Animal Centre is holding an identification chip clinic at the Pembroke Animal Hospital at 905 Pembroke Street East from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 for cats and $30 for dogs.

SChase@postmedia.com 



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