WATERVILLE - Slip on some walking shoes and grab a four-legged friend.
The SPCA branch in Kings County is hosting a Lana Dog Walk Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon. Walkers are asked to meet at the non-profit animal rescue organization’s Waterville-based shelter at 1285 County Home Road.
“It’s a monthly walk that’s open to anyone who wants to bring their pet,” says organizer Shannon Eastman, a volunteer with the SPCA.
The cost is $5 per walker, and the proceeds will be put in a fund that helps the SPCA provide care for animals with extensive medical needs. The Lana Fund was inspired by a cat that came into care at a time when the shelter had recently opened, and there was a large seizure of cats in the area.
“We actually ended up having to euthanize her (Lana) because her medical issues were so extensive and, at the time, we didn’t have a fund to cover that,” said Eastman.
“The idea for the Lana Walks, named for that cat, is to raise a little bit of money to set aside in a medical fund for care that goes above and beyond the regular care that animals would need.”
Owners are asked to use their discretion to assess if the group walks are a good fit for their pet before bringing an animal along for the stroll.
“If there are people that don’t currently have a dog themselves, they’re welcome to join us and walk one of the shelter dogs,” noted Eastman.
“It’s nice to see new friendships between fellow dog lovers and the dogs have a great time.”
Watch the Nova Scotia SPCA – Kings Shelter Facebook page for notifications about upcoming Lana Dog Walks.