SPCA wants new ‘Petcasso’

With the deadline less than three weeks away, the BC SPCA urges all Pablo Petcassos to get their creative juices fired up to help animals across the province.

Young artists up to 13 years of age have until midnight June 26 to submit original artwork for the 2011 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Kid’s T-shirt Contest.

With the deadline less than three weeks away, the BC SPCA urges all Pablo Petcassos to get their creative juices fired up to help animals across the province.

Young artists up to 13 years of age have until midnight June 26 to submit original artwork for the 2011 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Kid’s T-shirt Contest.

The winner’s artwork will be featured on the front of all 10,000-plus Paws for a Cause participant T-shirts this year, not just on youth shirts, as in previous years.

“Everyone who participates in Paws for a Cause all across the province will be wearing these T-shirts,” said Denise Meade, the BC SPCA’s director, development.

“Alone, that’s pretty special, but the winning young artist of this contest will also be helping homeless and abandoned animals.”

Contestants are invited to submit their original artwork online, then customize a fundraising page with details about why their artwork should win.

The artist will then be guided through a step-by-step process emailing friends and family members and asking them to vote for their masterpiece. One dollar will equal one vote. The artist who collects the most online donations wins, with the winner being announced June 27.

This contest is open to all youth in B.C. up to 13 years of age; each entry that raises a minimum of $15 also qualifies for a free one-year Kids Club membership.

In addition to the grand prize, honourable mentions will be given to two other outstanding artists, who will receive a goodie bag with a selection of official BC SPCA gear.

Visit spca.bc.ca/walk for all contest rules and regulations.

Paws for a Cause will be held Sept. 11 in 37 communities across the province.