8th Annual Walk for Animals
FORT MCMURRAY SPCA
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, April 28th every year since 2011, 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.
Every 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.
Since the funds inception in 2011 more than 25 animals in need of life-saving medical intervention and treatment from abuse or neglect have been positively impacted by the FMSPCA Isabella Paws Fund and gone on to be adopted into loving homes, ending the cycle of abuse.
The Isabella Paws Fund is part of a continuum of programs created by the FMSPCA to build empathy and compassion and fight bullying, violence and cruelty. The FMSPCA also provides an Animal Safe Haven program in partnership with Waypoints where pets belonging to families fleeing domestic violence are provided with a safe haven and all care supplies at no cost to the family. This program addresses the barrier that identified in the Alberta study the Cruelty Connection where having to leave a pet with the abuser became a barrier for women to get to safety for fear that their pet would be harmed or killed. The Animal Safe Haven program removes this barrier to support women and children fleeing violence. To provide humane education that addresses proper care, empathy and safety, the FMSPCA also offers their Animal Safety and Awareness Program with support from the Wood Buffalo RCMP and RMWB for children from kindergarten to grade 8.
The Isabella Paws Fund not only gives hope and lifesaving treatment to animals who have experienced suffering but also builds hope and compassion in our community with all funds coming from local donors and a long request list to adopt for each animal saved by this fund connecting lives one paw at a time.
Guidelines ensure safety for all of our two and four legged guests.
- All dogs must be on anon-retractable leash,well socialized, not in-heat and physically able.
- All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and compliant with RMWB bylaws.
- Participants aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Participants must comply with all area regulations.
- Owners are required to clean up after their dogs.
- FMSPCA reserves the right to with draw animals that present health or safety hazards to themselves or others.
- Please be kind to your pets and maintain a leisurely pace.
- Water for your dogs will be supplied ‘community style'