The women of Prince George opened their hearts and wallets to help animals in need of medical attention during a recent Prince George Humane Society fundraiser.
“It was our first year that we’ve done a ladies’ night and it was a kick-off to our 2020 fundraising strategy and we thought we would start it off with something really new and different,” said founder and executive director Angela McLaren.
“I think it was fabulous and I think the ladies loved it and I think the community really embraced us and it is something we are definitely going to take on into the future. “
The event featured the comedy stylings of two hilarious emcees, Kayla Williams and Melody Stang from the Dirrty Show, and gentlemen from Hurly Burly Booty, who bared almost-all to showcase the animals in need.
“We raised over $15,000 for the animals and the money we did raise gets used towards medical expenses. We spend roughly about $150,000 a year on medical expenses alone,” explained McLaren.
Medical expenses raised will go towards animals like three-year-old English Bulldog 'Diesel,' who needs airway surgery to help him breathe a little easier.
Major, a two-year-old Cane Corso, also took the stage at the event.
Major ruptured his cruciate ligament and at his size the best option for his recovery is to have a surgery called a TPLO, which cost about $4,000, but thankfully his story captured the hearts of the women of Prince George.
“We weren’t quite sure what to expect because it was a new event,” says McLaren.
"However, the event quickly sold out with 75 per cent of tickets selling in the first two weeks."
McLaren says she hopes the event will become bigger and better next year, and they will be able to have space to accommodate last-minute ticket purchases.
“Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us, it really shows us that the community has rallied around us so just a big tale-wagging thank you.”
Not only does the Human Society host smaller fundraisers throughout the year (like a paint-night where you can paint a portrait of your own pet) but it’s constantly in need of more volunteers and foster homes.
If you are encouraged to help out in this way, you can find an application on the society’s website or just drop by the shelter (189 1 Ave. Unit #11) and have a chat with the staff.