Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity - The Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause...Walk for the Animals gets set for success

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ -

    What:    The Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause...Walk for the Animals
             is the largest provincial fundraising campaign for animals.
             Ten thousand two-legged participants and their animal companions
             in 37 communities across the province will join together in a
             5k walk to support the BC SPCA and homeless, abused and injured

    Where:   The flagship event for Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond will be
             held at Vancouver's Vanier Park, Chestnut Street and Ogden
             Street, Kits Point, Vancouver, B.C. For other event locations,
             please visit

    When:    Sunday, September 9, 2007, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Why:     The walk concludes the four-month Paws for a Cause campaign
             which aims to raise $750,000 for homeless, abused and injured
             animals in BC. Approximately 2,000 animal lovers and their
             four-legged friends will gather in Vanier Park on Sunday,
             September 9th to celebrate animals and raise funds for those
             that are abused and neglected.

    Who:     Four-legged and two-legged BC SPCA supporters;
             Randene Neill, Global TV, event emcee;
             Craig Daniell, CEO, BC SPCA;
             Dr. Stanley Coren from Global TV's Ask an Expert;
             David Poole, Senior Vice-President, B.C. & Yukon Region,
             Scotiabank; and
             A variety of entertainers and performers

    The Community Tent will feature local animal welfare groups: Furbearers
Defenders, Stanley Park Ecological Society, Critter Care Wildlife Rescue,
Vancouver Rabbit Rescue, Animal Relief Disaster Services, UBC Animal Welfare
Programs and BC SPCA's Cruelty Investigations Team.

    Best filming & photo opportunities:

    -   11:00 a.m.: Musical chairs for dogs and their companions
    -   11:45 a.m.: Members of the BC Lions' Felions dance team to lead warm-
                    up to the accompaniment of the SPCA theme song
                    ("YMCA" song adaptation)
    -   12:00 p.m.: The official walk kick-off with 2,000 participants
    -    1:00 p.m.: Doggie Bowl Lickin' competition with over 90 four-legged

For further information:

For further information: or for interview opportunities please contact:
Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA's General Manager, Community Relations, cell (604)
830-7179; Loredana Loy, BC SPCA's Paws for a Cause Campaign Manager, cell
(778) 228-9523; Kim Struthers, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (778) 327-5451

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