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The SPCA golf committee presents the amount raised by this year’s Fore for Pets celebrity golf tournament. The committee met at the Golf and Curling club on Thursday.
Animal lovers have shown their compassion for the four-legged residents of the north.
This year’s Fore for Pets celebrity golf tournament raised $94,679, the Prince Albert SPCA announced at the Golf and Curling club on Thursday.
Actors, Playboy models and pro athletes came to P.A. last month to participate in the tournament, which aimed to raise $100,000 to go towards a new 12,000-square-foot shelter that will open next year.
Loren Sproat, SPCA golf tournament chair and Northern Lights Casino marketing manager, said the results have been good at each of the four annual tournaments that have been held.
“Over the past four years our target was $100,000 a year. We’ve been anywhere from 92 to 95 thousand, so I’m really happy with it.” Sproat said.
The tournaments have raised about $375,000 all together.
The tournaments are part of the New Leash on Life Campaign, which set a fundraising goal of $3.2 million for the new shelter, as well as a new boarding kennel and dog park that have already been completed.
Construction of the new kennel, located on North Industrial Drive, has progressed steadily with a month of good weather, SPCA manager Debbie Lehner said. The siding is half on and the concrete has been poured inside.
“We anticipate being done early next year,” Lehner said.
The celebrities who participated in the tournament, and the people who have donated money to the Leash On Life campaign, all show passion and sympathy for animals, Sproat said.
“They all seem to have a pet in their own lives that they relate it to; a pet they’ve had sometime in the past or a current one.”
The new shelter, which will have twice the capacity of the old one, was much needed, Sproat said.
“One of the unique things about this SPCA is it also services the North.”
The new shelter will give the SPCA a better capacity to meet the needs of P.A. and the area.
Sproat believes that our treatment of animals is a barometer of our compassion as a society.
“I’m a firm believer that how people treat their animals is how they treat human beings in life.”