Dear Friend of the Animals
For 31 years, usually in September, animal lovers have walked their dogs in parks, around wave pools and alongside waterfronts raising money for the rescue and rehoming of animals at risk. And together, we have been celebrating the human animal bond.
This year, our feathered and furry best friends – and some not so feathered and furry – have helped us through the Times of COVID. As the pandemic continues to change the way we work, live and play, our pets have truly been pawsitive friends and family members, brightening our days, every day.
This year, the Walk Your Way is also a time to reflect on what happened to those rescued and rehomed companions you supported in the past. Meet Side Car Ben!
“Ben was adopted from the HBSPCA in 2010 and this December he’ll be 11 years old. I was told he’s a Blue Heeler/Border Collie mix and wasn’t given any info about his background, only that he was surrendered in Smithville at just under a year old. It was clear he had not been treated very well by his previous owners and was very sensitive to touch and would bite if scared. Everything about home life seemed new to him at first – from seeing a television, to riding in a car and especially walking on a leash in the city – there was a huge learning curve to get through. Right from the beginning I took him with me everywhere and exposed him to as much as I could, and slowly he learned to trust me and be calm in new situations. It took a lot (a lot!) of work, and a ton of treats – but looking at him now it’s amazing how far he’s come.
I had been dreaming about getting him a sidecar motorcycle for years because I knew he would love it and he’s got the right temperament for it – so when my new Ural arrived this spring it was no real surprise that he took to it with only a few short training sessions. Now it’s one of his favourite things to do, and the best way to get to good hiking spots! If I’m ever having a bad day or feeling stressed, all I have to do is take him for a ride and it’s pure joy to look over and see him beside me. It’s awesome to see how much he makes everyone else smile when we’re on the road too. He’s the best boy, and I’m honoured to be his driver.” –Danielle
Side Car Ben and Danielle. The human animal bond at work.
Our Wiggle Waggle Walk YOUR Way is just days away and we need your help now more than ever. It is not too late to make a difference in a shelter pet’s life. They count on your support for a healthy, safe, second chance.
Want to support Danielle and Side Car Ben? You can donate to their fundraising page here
It’s go time! The bottom of the ninth! Crunch time!
You can help in any one of the following ways:
- Sign up as a participant and raise funds. Be sure to challenge your friends!
- Spread the word! Share our social media stories!
- Post photos using #WalkYourWay #WiggleWaggle #WWW2020 #HBSPCA
9 year old Carter is selling homemade jam to raise money for this year’s Wiggle Waggle Walk YOUR Way!
Carter’s Fam Jam
“During the whole month of August, I made and sold home-made jam. Jars were $3.00 each and there were 3 different flavours! I wanted to start my own little business and donate a portion of the profits to help animals in need. With amazing family, friends, and our community we were able to donate and start our Wiggle Waggle Walk fundraisier with $150.00! Thank you ALL so much for the support” — Carter
You can support Carter here https://bit.ly/3h55zc0
Spoil your dog with some Linky Berry donuts from Doggin Donuts! $1 from each order of Linky Berry donuts will be donated to the Wiggle Waggle Walk! Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Share with us how you are raising funds. Send your photos and plans to firstname.lastname@example.org
Register, donate or learn more here