Last year the BC SPCA assisted nearly 50,000 animals in need. This would not be possible without you. Together we can continue the fight against animal cruelty and touch the lives of animals in need.

Have questions about the walk? Check out the Fundraising Guide and the FAQs below to find out more! Or click on 'Locations' at the top of this page to visit your local walk page.


Walk Information

The BC SPCA Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® is the BC SPCA’s annual charity walk and largest fundraising event. Donations to participants and the event fund critical services to care for animals in need in BC SPCA shelters and to fight animal cruelty in British Columbia.

The BC SPCA Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® is an important fundraiser in support of our branches’ care for animals across B.C. You can make a difference in three easy steps: Register, Fundraise and Walk. Then come celebrate with other animal-lovers at the event! Pooch or no pooch, there is plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy at the walk!

There are seven walk locations around BC. Check Walk Locations for an event near you.

All walks are held on Sunday, September 8th, 2019. Please visit our  Walk Locations page for further details and start time in your community.

Walk day is a community celebration of all the hard work that participants put in to fundraise for the animals. The event includes a 1-5 km walk and exciting activities for animal-lovers, dogs, and kids! For local activity details, please check your local walk page.

Anyone can participate and fundraise for the animals. Kids, adults, families, school teams, corporate teams, friends and neighbours are all welcome to join the fight against animal cruelty. Register online today to get started!

Absolutely! The BC SPCA Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® supports animals of all kinds. There’s plenty to do on-site with or without a pup and there’s no better dog-watching in town.

Yes. Every walk has a registration fee: early bird, online and for some events a last-minute fee on event day. The earlier you register, the more you save! Registration fees contribute to the cost of producing the event, helping to ensure that every dollar you raise directly supports animals in your community. For information on your walk fee, please visit your local walk page for details or click Register at the top of this page.

Yes – Your local BC SPCA branch still needs your help. Even if you can’t join us at the event consider fundraising or making a direct donation to the event.

The length of the walk varies by location. All walks are between 1-5 kilometers long. Please visit your local walk page for more details.

Rain, hail, snow, or shine, the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® will take place. Just be sure to watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately (i.e rain boots or sunscreen).

Donations to your fundraising campaign or event will be directed, at your discretion, to the BC SPCA branches hosting the walk you choose to attend during the registration process (Metro Vancouver, Surrey, Tri-Cities, Okanagan, Victoria or Sunshine Coast). Donations to our areas of greatest need help fund the BC SPCA’s animal welfare programs and services including: unexpected costs due to emergency rescue and care, health checks and medical treatment, cruelty investigations, advocacy, humane education, and of course, shelter and adoption services for homeless animals. To learn more about our governance structure or to view our audited financial statements, please visit the BC SPCA website.

Absolutely! We encourage corporate organizations to get involved with the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s® Science Diet® – whether through sponsorship, team participation or fundraising. We would love to hear from you! Contact Breanna Kray for more details: bkray@spca.bc.ca.

All registered participants will receive a walk bib to wear on event day. Walk bibs and sharpies will be handed out together so all walkers can take a moment to write down the name of the animal(s) that they are walking for.

We also celebrate fundraisers who raise $150 or more with a special tote bag at the event and with special bandanas (for you or your dog) for our Top Dogs and Leaders of the Pack who raise $500 or $1,000.

While there is no provincewide giveaway each walk may have its own experience and items for participants (visit your local walk page for more details). BC SPCA merchandise is always available online at spca.bc.ca/shop and sold in limited quantities at many walk locations.

Yes please! Contact your local branch or paws@spca.bc.ca for information on volunteering at the event.

Registration

Get started by clicking on Register in the tool bar above and selecting the location you wish to attend from the drop down!

Besides a great day with your friends and family, registration gives you entry to the event and an amazing support team to help you fundraise.

You should receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours.

Online registration will close Friday, September 6. Didn’t register in time? Not to fear! You can still register on event day at the registration tent.

If you wish to change event location, please contact us at paws@spca.bc.ca or phone us toll-free at 1.844.599.2253.

Please email the name of the team you wish to join or the name of the team you wish to create to paws@spca.bc.ca and we will help you create your dream team!

No. Your registration fee is used to help cover the cost of services provided at the walk event. Under Canadian Revenue Agency guidelines, this fee is not eligible for a tax receipt.

It can take up to 24 hours to receive a confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation within 24 hours, remember to check your ‘junk’ folder just in case and then contact us at paws@spca.bc.ca (or phone us at toll-free 1.844.599.2253). We will be happy to check the status for you.

Online registration is easy! Just choose your walk location and click the register button. Follow the prompts to proceed with online registration or download a registration form on at your local walk page. You can drop off paper registration forms at your local branch.

No. Based on Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, we are only able to issue tax receipts to donors. Your supporters will receive a tax receipt for their donations, and you will receive a tax receipt for your personal donations.

Online Fundraising and Participant Centre

Online registration is easy! Just choose your walk location and click the register button. Follow the prompts to proceed with online registration or download a registration form on at your local walk page. You can drop off paper registration forms at your local branch.

No. Based on Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, we are only able to issue tax receipts to donors. Your supporters will receive a tax receipt for their donations, and you will receive a tax receipt for your personal donations.

Your Participant Centre is your online fundraising page. It provides useful tips and tools to help you maximize your fundraising efforts. You can send emails to friends and family asking for a donation, track your progress towards your fundraising goal and thank your supporters. We also provide you with a template for your online profile, but encourage you to personalize it and share why you are fundraising for the animals with others. Research shows that those who personalize their online profiles raise 22% more than those who do not!

Enter your details on the top right corner of this page to log in now. Once you are logged in, you can click the Participant Centre link at the top right corner of your page to access the Centre at any time. Need help? Send us an email at paws@spca.bc.ca or call us toll free at 844-599-2253 and we’ll walk you through it!

If you don’t remember the user name/and or password that you registered with, please click the login link and choose “Forgot User Name?” or “Forgot Password?”

Log in to your participant centre, choose your event, and click on the “UPDATE FUNDRAISING PAGE” tab. Scroll down to update your goal and click “Save Goal”. Your updated goal should be reflected on your page shortly.

Once in your Participant Centre, click the PERSONAL PAGE tab. Click the Photos/Video link on the right to upload.

Changes on your “Amount Raised Online” total and team total should be updated within 24 hours.

If you have questions, please contact champions@spca.bc.ca. You can also call us at any time at 1-800-665-1868.

Contact us at champions@spca.bc.ca and we will help create your dream team!

Fundraising

You can download a donation form here. Or for greater ease, register online and a form will be available for download from your personal page. If you would like to submit funds collected offline before the event, please see the How do I submit funds I raise offline before the event? FAQ.

All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. If you make a donation online you will automatically receive an electronic tax receipt by email. For donations made offline, tax receipts will be emailed or mailed directly to donors, depending on the information provided. Processing times vary. Please be sure to provide all contact details when submitting your donation as this is required by the Canada Revenue Agency before we can issue a receipt.

Every participant who raises $150 or more will be given a special event tote bag! All top fundraisers who raise more than $500 will receive a special bandana (for you or your dog!) recognizing them as Top Dogs and all those raising $1000 or more will receive our exclusive Leader of the Pack bandana.

Yes, absolutely! You will still need to register online to set up your personal fundraising page. Please contact paws@spca.bc.ca to receive a registration discount code.

By submitting your funds as soon as possible, your dollars can go to work immediately to help animals in your community! The final date to submit donations for prize eligibility varies based on location. Your personal page will remain up and running and able to accept donations in the months following your walk.

You can download a Printable Donation Form in order to collect offline donations. Please note that we encourage you to collect donations online. Online donations will be processed and appear on your fundraising page within minutes of the donation being made, whereas offline donations may take up to one month to be processed and uploaded to your online fundraising page and for your donors to receive their tax receipt.
It is highly recommended that donations are made online as it gets close to event date for a donation to appear on a participant’s fundraising page and for donors to receive a tax receipt automatically.

Submitting Donations

You can download a Printable Donation Form in order to collect offline donations. Please note that we encourage you to collect donations online. Online donations will be processed and appear on your fundraising page within minutes of the donation being made, whereas offline donations may take up to one month to be processed and uploaded to your online fundraising page and for your donors to receive their tax receipt.
It is highly recommended that donations are made online as it gets close to event date for a donation to appear on a participant’s fundraising page and for donors to receive a tax receipt automatically.

You raised funds for animals in need, now what? If you collected donations offline, send them with your donation form to: BC SPCA Champions for Animals: 1245 E 7th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1. If you wish for these funds to be reflected on your online Champions for Animals fundraising page each gift must be accompanied by the donation form printed from your page and include your personal ID. These funds will benefit the Society’s areas of greatest need around our province. If you prefer to donate to your local branch, include a note letting us know which BC SPCA branch you wish to support. Complete donor and gift information is required in order for the BC SPCA to issue an official tax receipt (see below).

All donations of $10 or more will automatically receive a tax receipt, provided full donor information is included. All supporters who donate online to your Champions page will automatically receive an emailed tax receipt. For donations made offline, tax receipts will be mailed or emailed. Processing times vary based upon date. Please be sure to provide contact details for all donors when submitting your donations.

We are not able to issue an official income tax receipt for the purchase of tickets or auction items. Donations collected by the event organizer that are donated by the public are not eligible to be tax receipted in the name of the event organizer. For more Canada Revenue Agency tax guidelines please visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

Cash donations can be entered online by using a credit card and entering your supporters name and address for tax receipting purposes. Please do not send cash donations through the mail. Ask your cash donors to convert their contributions to personal cheques if possible or use their cash to make a credit card or money order donation in their name. Remember, the name and address entered with the gift must correspond with the original donor in order for them to receive a tax receipt.

Everyone who donates online will receive an automated email from the BC SPCA with their official charitable tax receipt attached. Offline gifts will be receipted by mail or email, processing times vary.

It is also a great idea for you to personally thank the friends and family who respond to your request for support. You can use the email tool in the Participant Centre to thank your donors

Need help? No problem! Please contact us at champions@spca.bc.ca or 1.800.665.1868. On behalf of the animals we serve, thank you for your support!

Visit your friend’s personal fundraising page (click donate at the top of this page and search for their name) and click the blue Donate button to the right. From your friend’s fundraising page you can also print a donation form to send a cheque by mail or you may call the BC SPCA toll-free at 1.800.665.1868 and press 2 for donations. Phone lines are open from 9-5.

Select the Donate button and then enter the name of the person you would like to donate to. Choose their name from the list and click the donate button on their page. Want to make an offline donation? Simply click print a donation form from the participant’s page (the form will be at the bottom) to submit donations offline. Please mail the form and donation to the address provided on the form. You can also call the BC SPCA Generosity Services team toll free at 1.800.665.1868 (press 2) to make donations by phone.

All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. If you make a donation online you will automatically receive a tax receipt.
For donations made offline, tax receipts will be mailed directly to you after the last event in October. Processing time varies based upon date. Please be sure to provide your full name and mailing address when submitting your donation form.

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