Virtual Cupcake Day activities raised $3,000 in Cornwall and area

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There’s nothing virtual about an impressive $3,000 fundraiser.

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This amount was raised locally through efforts led by the Ontario SPCA Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Animal Center, with National Cupcake Day being held on February 28.

“As this was a virtual event, people were encouraged to cook for friends and family to donate to the centre,” said Carol Link, director of the Boundary Road Animal Center.

Link got kudos for Lee Bourdeau’s cooking class at La Citadelle, who participated by “baking dog biscuits and delicious cupcakes that day.”

National Cupcake Day was presented by Milk-Bone and Robin Hood, and is hosted annually by the Ontario SPCA in support of participating SPCAs, humane societies and rescue groups across Canada.

The pandemic changed the format — in 2020, and for previous cupcake fundraisers, volunteers traveled all over town in January and February, selling cupcakes at various locations. But it has always been a big and successful fundraiser, with everyone involved helping to provide care and emergency shelter for animals waiting to find loving homes.

And, at the SD&G center, and several others in the area, there have recently been other animals that have crossed an international border in search of a home.

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  2. SD&G Animal Center Director Carol Link with some Swiffer swag and with Bennie as she transitions from the Tar Heel State to the Cornwall area.  File photo Friday, November 26, 2021 in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network

    “Bennie” from Tar Heel State, an iAdopt hopeful at the Cornwall shelter

  3. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network A member of the OSPCA SDG animal center with one of nine dogs brought here from overwhelmed shelters in the United States in early July.

    American dogs will find new homes in Cornwall/SDG

The Ontario SPCA and the Humane Society said they have breathed new life into 26 dogs across the United States with a rehoming mission that will find the dogs loving homes in Ontario while helping animal shelters south of the border to make room to help more animals.

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The dogs arrived at Ontario SPCA animal centers on March 1 from North Carolina with health certificates and proof of vaccinations and have since undergone additional wellness screenings.

Link said three dogs have been received locally and “they are all doing well and people are (already) applying for adoption.”

Animals adopted through the Ontario SPCA are spayed or spayed, vaccinated, treated for parasites and microchipped.

This winter’s dog haul marks the first of 2022 for the Ontario SPCA.

“There are many animal shelters in the United States that are at capacity and when they ask us for help, we do what we can to help them,” said Bonnie Bishop, associate director and chief of transfer team, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

“The Ontario SPCA has 12 animal centers across the province and currently has room for the dogs, which is why we have been able to work with our partners south of the border to give these dogs the loving families that ‘they deserve.

Anyone interested in adopting can visit ontariospca.ca/adopt.

Twice in 2021, the local center was able to provide assistance as part of the partnership with shelters in the United States. Last summer, nine Tar Heel State dogs were transported north to shelters in Cornwall, Brockville and Napanee. And in November, as the iAdopt for the Holidays animal adoption campaign got underway, two more dogs from North Carolina arrived in Cornwall.

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