PTBO PAWlympics Virtual Event Raises Over $25K for Animals in Need

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The Peterborough Humane Society is proud to announce that its first ever virtual event, PTBO PAWlympics, raised $25,492.00 to help care for animals in need. The event launched this year as a replacement for PHS’s popular annual Strutt Your Mutt walk and was a huge success thanks to this active & amazing community!

PAWlympics challenged participants to stay active with their pets throughout the month of September by setting a distance goal to complete while raising funds along the way. With 56 participants and 12 teams, PHS’s virtual event surpassed its $25,000 goal.

PAWlympics participant, Cheryl Shirk (Concierge at Mercedes-Benz Peterborough) and team member of top fundraising team, Mercedes Motivated Mutts, shares “I loved getting involved with PAWlympics and have been out walking so much that I’ve lost 17 pounds! It’s also given me extra time with my daughter, Lacey, and our dogs, Winston and Lilly. It was a great experience and we plan on continuing with our walks!”.

Another PAWlympics participant, Hannah Warner, and her dog Max, also thrived through the virtual format. Hannah shares “Holding the walk virtually let us participate without the stress of crowds or new environments. It helped us build a healthy routine of daily exercise and led us to exploring paths through the city we’d never taken. Participating in PAWlympics made the month of September a bright highlight of an otherwise difficult year! The very best part is that, while walking a grand total of 220km, we raised funds for PHS to help more animals in need and we made our donations in memory of my previous dog, a proud PHS alumni!”

All funds raised from PAWlympics go directly to the Peterborough Humane Society to help over 1700 animals who enter the shelter each year. Dollars raised through fundraising help provide food, medical care & supplies and spay/neuter services. These valuable fundraising dollars allow the team at Peterborough Humane Society to continue to deliver their mission of creating the best possible environment for each animal who comes through their doors while they await their fur-ever home.

“We are so proud to work in Peterborough & the Kawarthas amongst such a generous community. We couldn’t have done this without the engagement of our participants, donors, and sponsors and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support” says Shawn Morey, Executive Director, Peterborough Humane Society. “We loved seeing the community come together to support animal & human wellness while staying active with their pets.”

While PAWlympics may be over, the Peterborough Humane Society is always accepting donations to help care for animals in the shelter.

They are currently in the process of raising funds to build a new Animal Care Centre on Technology Drive, having raised over $7 million of their $10 million goal. The 24000 square foot facility will house 3 centres under one roof: an Adoption & Education Centre, an accessible High-Volume Spay & Neuter Clinic, and the Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre which will be managed by the Ontario SPCA and Peterborough Humane Society. To learn more on how you can bring the Centre to life, visit

PTBO PAWlympics would not have been possible without the generous support of its incredible partners including Mercedes-Benz Peterborough, Pet Supply Warehouse, GM Financial, RBC Dominion Securities, Allstate, Patrick McAuley Group of Realtors, Nufas Media, Invisible Fence, Ricart Promotions & Recognition, Silver Bean Café, Fur a Walk, Peterborough Optometric, Corus Entertainment, Moving Media, Leon’s Peterborough, Bell Media, Pilates on Demand, Boston Pizza, Lansdowne Place and Peterborough Yoga.