Leave a Positive Pawprint on Toronto: The Ontario SPCA Friends for Life!™ Walk-a-Thon at Coronation Park,May 25, 2013


For Immediate Release - April 15, 2013Love animals? Then register and come for a walk on Saturday, May 25 at Toronto’s largest walk-a-thon in support of animals. Everyone is invited to participate in the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s Friends for Life!™ walk-a-thon presented Iams® Dog & Cat Foods. Designed to raise funds and awareness for the protection and care of all animals in Ontario, this year’s lead walkers are Honorary Provincial Co-Chairs Tanya Kim, co-anchor of CTV’s ETALK, and Dave Salmoni, host and producer of several Animal Planet and Discovery Planet programs.


Participants can register at or and then fundraise and gather sponsors to help support thousands of animals in desperate need of care across the province. The Toronto event is part of the Ontario SPCA “Weekend to Save Pets” and Toronto is one of 18 walk-a-thons being held across the province.


More Than a Walk in the Park

“Animals help us in so many ways, so it’s time for us to give back through this powerful event,” says Tanya Kim. “This year, Dave and I are thrilled to welcome Daisy as our ‘Spokesanimal’ for the walk-a-thon. Daisy was rescued from an abusive environment and the Ontario SPCA has now given her a second chance at life with a family who loves her. That’s what it’s all about.”


Come Walk with Tanya Kim, Dave Salmoni and Daisy in Toronto


What: Ontario SPCA Friends for Life! walk-a-thon

When: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Registration: 9:00am – 9:45am

Warm-up: 9:45am

Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting with Tanya Kim, Dave Salmoni and Daisy: 10:15am

Post Walk Refreshments and Entertainment: 11:15am – 2:00pm

Where: Coronation Park, Lakeshore Blvd W and Strachan Ave, Toronto. The walk is 3km long and will follow the Martin Goodman Trail.

Registration: Register online at


In addition to the Toronto event, Friends for Life! walk-a-thons will also be held in Barrie, Bracebridge, Brantford, Brockville, Chatham, Cornwall, Gananoque, Goderich, Guelph, Lindsay, Napanee, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Orangeville, Orillia, Pembroke, and Port McNicoll. A complete listing of all event details can be found on the Ontario SPCA walk-a-thon website or


“Those of us with pets know how lucky we are to have a friend for life!” says Dave Salmoni. “We encourage everyone to come join us at the walk in Toronto or attend an event in one of the Ontario SPCA’s communities. What may seem like a simple walk in the park can be the difference between life and death for an animal in need.”


Barking Up the Right Tree

“The Ontario SPCA simply cannot help needy animals without the support of animal lovers across the province,” says Marc Ralsky, Director of Community and Donor Development for the Ontario SPCA. “Last year’s inaugural walk-a-thon raised nearly $400,000, and I want to invite everyone to help us make this year’s walk even bigger and better. I thank you for your support, but more importantly the animals thank you for leaving a lasting, positive pawprint on Toronto.”


IAMS is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Friends for Life! walk-a-thon, with additional support provided by provincial sponsors PJ’s Pets, Petculture, Oliver Pets & Co., and Bank of Montreal. There will be awards for outstanding fundraising efforts, and every registered walker is also eligible to earn individual rewards. For more details on the walk, please contact the Ontario SPCA at 1.888.668.7722 ext 360 or via email at Check out Spokesanimal Daisy and other four-legged friends on the Ontario SPCA YouTube Channel at “Weekend to Save Pets” Features Friends for Life!™ Walk-a-Thon.


About Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 communities, Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so. Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.




If you would like to speak with Co-Chairs Tanya Kim or Dave Salmoni, a Provincial Ontario SPCA Spokesperson, or require additional information, please contact Ive Balins or Alison Cross.


Strategic Objectives Media Contact

Ive Balins

416-366-7735 x259


Provincial Ontario SPCA Media Contact

Alison Cross

Director, Marketing & Communications

Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office