CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BC SPCA Surrey Education and Adoption Centre branch manager Rodney Weleschuk

Van City Savings customers show their love for Surrey’s animals

The Newton Branch has donated more than $1,000 towards the BC SPCA Surrey Education and Adoption Centre's Animal Lover's Gala campaign.

The BC SPCA’s Surrey Education and Adoption Centre in Cloverdale recently got a boost from the Newton Branch of Van City Savings.

The credit union collected $1,102 towards the Surrey BC SPCA’s upcoming Animal Lovers Gala, an evening of dining and entertainment in support of abused, homeless and injured animals in the community.

It’s important fundraiser for the BC SPCA Surrey Education and Adoption Centre at 16748 50 Avenue – second only to Paws for a Cause.

The 11th annual event takes place March 7 at Northview Golf and Country Club.

Van City members helped raise the branch’s donation by contributing second-hand books for the cause. The Newton branch sold those books by donation in support of the new education and adoption centre, which opened last spring.

Manager Rodney Weleschuk said proceeds will be used for all aspects of care related to the animals the branch assists, including vet treatments for the spay and neuter program.

“Some of the proceeds will be used to care for horses and other farm animals in our newly-renovated horse barn,” he said.

The BC SPCA receives no government funding and is supported entirely by private donations.

“Our new BC SPCA centre in Surrey is now up and running and we are grateful to members of our community for supporting events such as our gala so that we can make a life-saving difference for the most vulnerable animals in our region,” says volunteer and gala organizer Michelle Grant.

The event features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, gourmet dinner and live music.

“It is an educational and fun evening and a way for people and business to connect with other supporters all while helping the animals,” Grant added.

Tickets to the Animal Lovers Gala are available online at or by phone at 604-862-0442. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email

It runs from 5:30 p.m. to midnight (dinner at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $125, or $1,000 for a table of 10. Northview Golf and Country Club is located at 6857 168 Street, Surrey.

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