The dog kennels at the Kelowna SPCA will soon be filled not with animals but people.
It’s all part of the celebrity rescue kennel lock in fundraiser, an annual event that involves community members being locked up.
The “inmates” try to raise money to free themselves and help benefit the local shelter.
“It is pretty amazing when you see them sitting in this kennel when we are used to seeing dogs and people walk by and they see grown adults in a kennel sitting there with the dog in a dog bed with a dog dish and all,” says Heather Draper with the Kelowna SPCA.
So far this year, the Kelowna branch has taken a thousand animals into its care.
With no Provincial Government funding, fundraisers like this one are vital for the organization.
Last year the kennel lock in resulted in $13,000, a big financial boost for the shelter.
“For this to bring in this kind of money in four hours with four people donating to that I mean obviously there is a community behind them but to have four people ask their friends , look for people to come in and help donate to this cause, it is amazing that four people can generate that much money coming in to the shelter at one given time,” says Draper.
Among those being locked up are Global Okanagan’s Klaudia Van Emmerik, Christy and Ian from Sun FM radio, Alex Draper with the West Kelowna Warriors and host of the “Let’s Shop” TV show Cheryll Gillespie and her daughter Sam Shakura.
The kennel lock in takes place this Friday from 10a.m. until 2p.m. at the SPCA shelter on Casorso Road.
Members of the community are encouraged to stop by and make a small donation to the cause.