SPCA fundraiser combines animals with great vehicles in Duncan

On Sunday, July 17, the BC SPCA is hosting Cruisin’ for Change, a fundraising show and shine at the Cowichan Sportsplex.

Who doesn’t love vintage vehicles and animals?

On Sunday, July 17, the BC SPCA is hosting Cruisin’ for Change, a fundraising show and shine at the Cowichan Sportsplex.

It’s the culmination of a drive from Victoria’s Clover Point to the Cowichan Valley.

“From everyday vehicles to exotic cars, from choppers and hogs to old-school classics, participants are taking to the street in support of the BC SPCA’s mission to develop more humane communities,” Erika Paul, BC SPCA senior animal protection and outreach officer, Vancouver Island, said this week.

The event leaves Victoria in mid-morning and the car show will begin after they arrive in Duncan.

“The drive will not only raise money for animals in need at the Victoria and Cowichan SPCA shelters, it will also demonstrate that people want to see local laws changing to include more humane animal management regulations.”

A recent announcement by the provincial government looking to regulate commercial breeders is a good start, she said.

“At a more local level, we need to make sure animals are not suffering in our backyards,” Paul says. “BC SPCA special provincial constables often see unimaginable situations of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect… and I think everyone wants that to change.”

At the Cowichan Sportsplex, where the cruise ends, everyone is invited to view the wheels on show and enjoy the benefit concerts and food.

The event will raise funds to support animal cruelty enforcement by BC SPCA special provincial constables, humane education, outreach programs, and help offset costs for the care of the animals in our shelters.

“It’s a great way to advocate for change for our province’s most vulnerable animals, support our local branches and, of course, to get out and have a whole lot of fun!” Paul says. “We hope to see a great turnout.”

For more information, to register, or to sign up as an event vendor, visitspca.bc.ca/cruisin4change.