Today is the big day. I'm heading into lock up! I'm going to be locked in a dog kennel at the West Vancouver BC SPCA shelter for a few hours. 2-4pm if you want to come visit and take pictures. I'm not being punished for my sins, rather, it's a fundraiser in support of the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause.
This event raises funds
for the care and protection of animals in our community. Ever year, the organization provides emergency medical care and sheltering for almost 29,000 animals that may have been abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered by their owners. The BC SPCA is a not-for-profit organization that relies entirely on community support.
I’ve been an animal lover my whole life. When I’m asked what I would want to be doing if I wasn’t a TV host and producer, I say, working with animals. I always did well in biology, so maybe I could have been a zoologist or even a vet. But recently I decided that it didn’t need to be an either/or situation. Why not do both? Do my job and do something with or for animals?
It is interesting that when you put something out into the universe in a positive way, things can start to happen. In addition to being involved in fundraising for the SPCA, our production company has started working on a kids show that involves animals. It’s not exactly studying monkeys in the wild, but hey, I’m digging it.
Despite my mild claustrophobia (not kidding), I’m looking forward to today’s event. For starters, I’m hoping to hang out with some awesome dogs. I just have to focus on not bringing any home. I’m also eager to try to raise as much money as I can.
I’ve have an amazing head start as I’ve been soliciting pledges for over a week
. I have to say, the support from family, friends, co-workers, and fans has been phenomenal. Clearly I’m not the only animal lover in the crowd.
I have had a couple of comments from people who say they’d rather support causes that help humans. I hear that. But I don’t think this has to be an either/or situation. I support both kinds of charities. I’ve also heard, repeatedly, that people would have liked to give more but it’s been a tight year. I very much hear that too. So the fact that people are still donating something, whatever they can, makes me very appreciate of their kindness and generosity.
As of this morning, you’ve helped raise over $5000
. Let’s not stop there! With your aid, we can provide shelter for that abandoned litter of kittens. We can find that lab/retriever cross a home. We can take those horses out of an abusive and heart-breaking situation. We can make life for all
our fur friends (and those with scales) a little bit better.
See you in the slammer!
My Jail Time Photo Gallery
Aug. 19, 2:04pm:
I’m locked up with the cutest puppy ever! (Though she keeps trying to eat my shirt.)
Kisses! She’s a lab airedale cross. Freakin’ adorable!!
Here she is in a moment of stillness. Her name is Penny and she’s a feisty little pup!
3:13pm: And for the next chapter in my jail sentence, kittens! I’ve name them Anna and Kristina. Guess which is which?
I was herding cats! The animals of BC thank you all for your most generous support. Kennel lock-in 2013 was a success!