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SPCA sweet on cupcake fundraiser

Four-year-old boxer Kinnon sneaks a taste of a cupcake held by BC SPCA Victoria branch manager Annie Prittie Bell, as the organization gears up for National Cupcake Day.  - Sharon Tiffin/News staff
Four-year-old boxer Kinnon sneaks a taste of a cupcake held by BC SPCA Victoria branch manager Annie Prittie Bell, as the organization gears up for National Cupcake Day.
— image credit: Sharon Tiffin/News staff

It’s hard saying no to a begging puppy, staring into your eyes.

And it’s equally difficult saying no to the smell of fresh cupcakes, with tasty icing on top and melt-in-your mouth goodness.

Knowing the weakness of us humans, the Victoria SPCA is happy to exploit it by hosting its first National Cupcake Day, a fundraiser benefitting animals, on Feb. 24.

Besides cupcake eaters, volunteers are needed to organize, make cupcakes for human or animal consumption, or both, and collect money, said SPCA Victoria branch manager Annie Prittie Bell.

“They can start their own team or they can join ours and bring cupcakes to sell,” Prittie Bell said. “(If they start their own team) they can bring the funds they raise to us, afterwards.”

Participants who register at nationalcupcakeday.ca, will receive a package with posters and balloons to help advertise the event.

Team Victoria Critter Cakes, made up of SPCA staff and volunteers will sell cupcakes by donation at the branch, located at 3150 Napier Ln. This will be the Victoria branch’s first time participating in the event, which started in Canada last year with just a few SPCAs and shelters.

“We decided to join because it’s a great awareness piece for the branch,” Prittie Bell said. “It raises awareness of animal cruelty and how to work and support animals across the country.”

More than 86 SPCA and humane societies across Canada are participating in this year’s National Cupcake Day. It is the first and only nation-wide fundraiser, benefitting animal welfare societies.

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations, its mission is to prevent cruelty and promote the welfare of animals.

National Cupcake Day was originally launched by the RSPCA in Australia in August 2008. The Australian RSPCA bills it as the “biggest bakeoff in the Southern Hemisphere.”

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