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Using cupcakes to raise funds for abused and neglected animals

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By Ida Koric, Rossland News

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Rossland animal lovers can join animal lovers across Canada for National Cupcake Day.

This event is the first of its kind, featuring a concerted, combined effort from SPCA branches and humane societies from coast-to-coast in raising funds for abused and neglected animals.

Animal protection agencies, such as the SPCA, receive very little funding from government, and rely heavily on private donations. These groups provide shelter, food and vetting for abandoned or abused animals, as well as putting cruelty investigators on the streets.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to bake and sell cupcakes and pupcakes (treats with dog-friendly ingredients), and pass along their donations to a local animal welfare group.

Tails Pet Supplies and Services in Rossland is hoping to raise $500 for the Trail Branch of the SPCA, with several bakers already committed to offering forth their delicious wares.

Starting at noon on Saturday, the public is invited into the store (2-2044 Washington Ave.) to purchase goodies for themselves and for their best four-legged buddy.

When asked about her motivation to participate, Amanda Hamilton, owner of Tails, responded, “Cupcakes and dogs … how could I not get involved?”

If you’d like to join forces under the Tails banner, more bakers are always welcome, with Amanda providing some prize incentives for participants.

Gift certificates of $25 will be awarded under four categories: Best decorated cupcake, best decorated pupcake, cupcake most resembling a dog or cat and, to encourage eco-friendly creations, best-tasting vegan cupcake.

Tails is still hoping to recruit a few more volunteers on the day of the bake sale as well. If interested, send a note to

If you aren’t a whiz in the kitchen, this may be a great opportunity to stock up on dessert.


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