Put your paws, tails and hands in to support our furry friends at the 6th annual Friends for Life Walk.

On Sept. 24, come out to the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre to support animals in need. The annual walk is presented by Pedigree, and all funds will go towards animal cruelty investigations and adoption services, to name a few.

“Whether it be the spays and neuters that we provide to the animals, microchipping, vaccinations and any emergency veterinary care, that’s all done by donations. So with an event like this, we have participants raising money and all the money goes to the animals at our centre,” said Kallie Milleman of the Ontario SPCA.

According to the organization, they face approximately 18,000 cases of animal cruelty every year. Not only do they rescue abandoned and abused animals, but they nurse them to a better state and look after their welfare with the funds donated to their centre.

“We want to have everybody come out, get involved, meet some of our staff and definitely meet some of the animals that are up for adoption. We want them to get more information about how they can get involved in the work of the Ontario SPCA, and how their donations are helping.”

This year’s walk will feature a marketplace filled with vendors, live music, free giveaways and a barbecue. On top of this, participants can expect to see a dog show presented by the Good as Gold K9 School.

“There’s going to be tons of different features. We’re also going to be offering tours of our Provincial Education and Animal Centre to give participants a chance to see behind the scenes of the centre and to give them a really great idea of where their funds are going.”

Whether you’re walking with or without an animal by your side, join your fellow animal lovers at the Friends for Life Walk. For details and registration visit www.ontariospca.ca.