They would do anything for love – including going behind bars.
Local first responders Kasia Chase (bylaw enforcement), Const. Kevin Goodmurphy (West Vancouver Police) and Tracey Leacock (BC Ambulance Services) will get ‘locked’ into the West Vancouver SPCA’s cat rooms and/or dog kennels to raise funds for animals in need this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Lock-In for Love is a fundraiser that’s also fun – we ‘jail’ fundraisers whose job it is to raise enough ‘bail’ to get them freed,” says BC SPCA West Vancouver Branch manager Krista Unser. “Everything raised goes to help abused, neglected, homeless, injured and sick animals.”
Kasia Chase has been a bylaw enforcement officer for the past five years, and in the District of West Vancouver for the past two years. The district’s bylaw enforcement team works closely with the West Vancouver SPCA to promote animal welfare and safety, and animal control is one of Kasia’s regular duties. She has extensive animal control training in everything from animal behaviour and best practices for handling animals.
Growing up, Kasia always had pets—everything from fish and turtles to hamsters, to a cat and several dogs. Currently, she has a cheerful and boisterous five-year-old Labradoodle named Ralphie, who she took in despite some behaviour issues. Kasia taught him how to be a member of her family and the community, and he taught her a great deal about patience, dog behaviour and dog grooming. He has been a member of the family for four years now, has stolen her heart and has become her greatest hiking companion.
Const/. Kevin Goodmurphy is a police officer with the West Vancouver Police working in patrol section. An an animal lover with a five-year-old Golden Doodle named Abbey, Keving notes that dogs also play an important role in policing as they are often used to track suspects and locate property.
The BC SPCA is an organization very close to Kevin’s heart and he’s hoping animal-loving supporters will join him in speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Tracy Leacock first became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) while attending university in New Jersey. After coming home to the North Shore, she joined the BC Ambulance Service as a Paramedic in 2000.
On duty, Tracey provides care to people who are sick or injured on the North Shore and in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Off duty, Tracey can often be found volunteering to care for the dogs, cats, and other small animals that are awaiting their forever homes at the BC SPCA West Vancouver branch.
Visit spca.bc.ca/lock-in-west-vancouver to find out how you can help ‘free’ these fundraisers.