Plenty of Paws for Cause in Cowichan

A large number of Valley dog owners came out to support the SPCA’s annual Paws for a Cause walk last Sunday, raising "more than $15,000" in the process, according to Sandi Trent of the Cowichan Valley branch of the BC SPCA.

The event has moved around a bit over the years, from Bright Angel Park to Providence Farm but now seems to have found a home at McAdam/Rotary Park near the Cowichan River.

Participants walked in two waves, with those taking part in a longer, three-kilometre route leaving first and the one-kilometre crew taking to the paths a little later Sunday morning. But, whichever route they took, everyone seemed to be enjoying the early autumn sunshine and the chance to get outside for a stroll with other dog fanciers.

The SPCA’s own folks were also out on the course.

"A big thank you to our Cowichan canine crew dog walking team who brought out four of our adoptable canines for an exciting day out," Trent added.

These happy young dogs were really noticeable as they pulled their vest-wearing handlers delightedly onto the walk course under the trees and along the embankment.