Dogs have their day at ‘Friends for Life’ walk-a-thon

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – A perfect sunny day outside with 30 other canine companions – what more could man’s best friend ask for?

Dog owners gathered on Saturday (September 19) at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area for the annual ‘Friends for Life’ walk-a-thon in support of the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry branch of the SPCA.

The event raised about $18,000 for the local animal shelter through pledges and online donations.

“This helps with our daily operations – vet bills, food, animal welfare, just basically keeping our doors open. We certainly couldn’t do it without the community’s support,” said SD&G SPCA branch manager Carol Link. “It also gives us the opportunity to see a lot of the animals that were adopted from the shelter. It’s always nice to get an update.”

Link noted that the event also raises awareness about their services and the furry friends staying at their Cornwall location looking a “forever home.”

“People can always visit our website and see what we have available,” she said.

Link says the Ontario SPCA‘s ‘No Hot Pets’ campaign is still ongoing. The campaign aims to remind the public of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer months. Owners who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles, may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.

For further information on how to donate or adopt, contact the SDG SPCA at 613-936-0072. You can also visit

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