The SPCA in Swift Current will be holding its first ever Radio-thon in an effort to raise funds to maintain services at the Animal Shelter on Knight Crescent.
“The Give-Me-Shelter Radio-thon will broadcast live on the Eagle 94.1 FM from centre court at the Swift Current Mall on Friday, May 23rd, from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m.,” said event coordinator and SPCA board member Ron Resler, “It’s a great way to extend our reach outside the Swift Current area”.
Both major and minor sponsors have stepped up to provide funding for the event, and a number of the sponsors will be providing staff to help man the phones and take pledges. Businesses, clubs and organizations of all sizes are encouraged to hold small fundraisers or take collections for the SPCA. Pledges can be phoned in on May 23rd, using the telephone numbers announced on the Eagle 94.1 FM.
The SPCA Animal Shelter in Swift Current is the only one in southwestern corner of the province.
“We are hoping for some financial support from outside the City, as we do send animals to homes and farms in surrounding towns and municipalities. Similarly, our Shelter also receives strays and overflow animals from outside communities that do not have Shelters of their own,” said Melanie Weinbender, SPCA Fundraising Chairperson.
“We’ve also invited all the elementary and middle schools in the southwest to participate by holding a small fundraiser”, said Resler, “And the classroom that raises the most money will receive a pizza party.”
Throughout the Radio-thon listeners will hear some great stories about some of the animals that have been brought to the Shelter, and about some of the wonderful people who are heroes for welcoming new pets into their homes.
Over the past three years, the SPCA sheltered almost 1,000 animals until they found their forever homes. It’s more affordable to adopt a pet from the Animal Shelter than to purchase one from elsewhere. Shelter pets have the cost of their health check-up, their vaccinations as well as their spay or neuter surgery included in their adoption fees.
Operational costs at the Shelter have almost doubled over the past five years ago. While the City of Swift Current provides about 20 per cent to their revenue, the remainder must come from community support.
“The Radio-thon is a convenient way for residents of the southwest to show their support for the great work done by our Shelter and help us provide shelter for many more animals in the coming year,” added Resler.