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Offleashed gala guests raise $360K for animals

October 24, 2016

Generous animal lovers raised a whopping $360,000 to help animals at the BC SPCA’s Offleashed Gala, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, Saturday night in Vancouver.

Held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, the annual affair is always a sellout that attracts more than 300 supporters, with the cuddle lounge – featuring snuggles with adoptable puppies and kittens – always a main attraction among guests.

A chic and glamorous affair hosted by CTV’s Ann Luu and local personality Howard Blank, the Offleashed event included a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment, with all proceeds raised supporting the BC SPCA’s work in animal welfare, including ending animal cruelty and creating caring and compassionate communities across the province.

“What an amazing night! Everyone looked so fabulous, and I’m absolutely blown away by our guests’ generosity,” says BC SPCA manager of fundraising events Krista Constantineau. 

“We can’t thank everyone enough for their kind benevolence – it will make such a difference in helping our province’s most vulnerable animals.”

Photos: Emily, one of the dogs rescued from the Langley 66 puppy mill takes the stage, while BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell and CTV’s Ann Luu talk in the always-popular cuddle lounge.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.