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Monday, September 30, 2019

Ontario SPCA FurFest Fundraiser

This past Friday we attended a fundraiser for the Ontario SPCA called, "FurFest – a 'Paws-itive' Evening".

Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

It was held at The Bradford Barn - a local farm estate that has been turned into a wedding and event venue. The barn itself is a two-storey reception room with a gorgeous outdoor deck and a separate gazebo area. All of the OSPCA staff, venue staff, and entertainers volunteered their time to make the event a success.

Bradford Barn Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

Jason McCoy, CCMA and Juno award winning country singer - and a huge animal lover - was the headlining act. We've been fans of Jason for years, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Roadhammers. He kept us entertained for almost three hours, singing his own songs along with nearly every song requested by the crowd. In fact, he sang until his voice started to give out. That's dedication to a cause!

Jason McCoy Ontario SPCA Fur Fest
Jason McCoy Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

The house band, Stable Polarity, took over after Jason McCoy and kept things rocking until after midnight.

Along with the entertainment, there were BBQ ribs and chicken fresh out of the smoker, plus a craft beer tasting tent. I'm not a beer drinker at all, but I did try the citrus radler from Big Rig Brewery and it wasn't bad. I tried to sell them on that tagline - "It's not bad" - for their next commercial but they wouldn't go for it.

Bradford Barn Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

Inside the barn there were multiple raffles for gift baskets, autographed sports photos, gift cards, even a customized firefighter chair - all donated by local businesses. Later in the night was a "toonie toss" for a huge bottle of Grey Goose vodka. The object of the game is to throw or slide a toonie ($2 Canadian coin) across the floor, getting it as close as possible to the bottle. Closest coin wins the bottle. All of the money tossed went to the OSPCA of course.

Ontario SPCA Fur Fest
Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

The only downside of the night was that there were no puppies to play with!

We spent some time talking with Cam Lund, manager of community development for the Ontario SPCA, on the work that they've been doing recently.

Ontario SPCA Fur Fest
Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

The OSPCA provides services and advice to help pet owners ensure the best possible life for their pets. They take in rescues, animals without homes, and strays. They also provide these animals with medicine, day-to-day care, and any required surgery needed to help them find their new forever homes.

Ontario SPCA Fur Fest

This past summer they began operating a mobile animal wellness clinic on a 38 foot trailer. It enables them to reach under-served communities, providing spay/neuter surgeries, wellness exams, micro-chipping and vaccinations. They have the capacity to perform 20 to 30 spay/neuter procedures a day. Pet Valu has been a generous sponsor but they still need more help stocking it and covering operating costs.

Ontario SPCA Animal Wellness Services Mobile Unit

If you are interested in donating to the Ontario SPCA please click on this link to go to their donation page.

We had such a good time and I hope that they raised buckets of money for the OSPCA. The animals aren't to blame for the situation they're in and they deserve everything we can do to help them.


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