Scavenger hunt for pets

The Lycoming County SPCA has been holding a themed walk for nearly 10 years.

Known as the PAWS for Cause, the walk has been a major keystone to raising funds for the shelter.

This year, the walk will see a fresh twist and more interaction with participants.

Renamed the Scavenger Walk 2013, it will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 14, and for the first time, this year its incorporating a scavenger hunt.

“We have done various things to attract walkers. This year we thought it would be fun to incorporate a scavenger walk,” Vickie Stryker, executive director of the Lycoming County SPCA, said. “We thought a scavenger walk might attract different people.”

Participation has slowly waned over the years, Stryker said, and they felt something new and fresh was needed for the walk, which is very important to fundraising.

“We have fundraising events year round to help us fund our budget of approximately $715,000,” Stryker said. “Most of our budget is funded through donations. The remainder is funded through operations and grants.”

This year’s changeup was to try to attract a fun-loving crowd who loves animals and also those who want to support the shelter.

It also was to give the regulars who participate in the walk every year something new, too.

Last year, due to construction on the Arch Street bridge, the walk was moved to the shelter. In the past, the walk started at Susquehanna State Park and ended at the shelter on Reach Road.

“This year, all activities will take place at the shelter. Our hope is that participants will register at the shelter before the walk so that they can obtain the official scavenger walk list and T-shirt,” she said.

Every year, a T-shirt is given to registrants, it has the logo of the walk usually created through a contest.

This year, bright tie-dye shirts are will be given to participants.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. and the route will be a 3/4 mile from the shelter, cross the street at Catawissa Avenue to Mosser Avenue Extension, to Reading Avenue and then will end at the shelter.

As for the scavenger hunt, Stryker explained how it works.

“There are only eight items on the scavenger list. Some are physical items, and some are just answers to a question. There are some locations that need to be visited and all are within nine miles of the SPCA,” she said.

The items for the scavenger hunt can actually be found before the walk on the Sept. 14.

“For every item found, participants will earn a raffle drawing for dozens of prizes. This year we have a kindle fire as a prize,” she said.

Also, a grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas, donated by World Travel.

“There is a minimum of $1,000 in pledges donated on the day of the walk to qualify for this prize. Second prize for the most pledges is a Kindle, and third runner up prize is an iPod Shuffle,” she said.

All scavenger walkers will be eligible to have their name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire.

“So for every scavenger item found, the walker will receive a raffle chance. After that drawing there will be prizes of gift certificates from area businesses,” Stryker said.

Collecting items for the scavenger hunt is not required to participate.

After the walk, hot dogs and beverages will be served to participants, then the doggie games will begin.

These are events in which dog owners can participate side-by-side with their pets.

“We are inviting vendors to set up tables so that participants can browse while we announce prizes. It will also give people a chance to see our animals that are available for adoption,” she said.

Stryker said collecting pledges may be daunting for some, but if one tells those who they are asking that the funds help homeless and neglected animals, most are willing to donate.

“Every dollar helps. We have young children who collect items for the shelter animals when they have birthday parties and people give generously,” she added.

The event welcomes all animal lovers and supporters alike.

“Individuals, families, friends, co-workers, all are welcomed to attend. [Attendees] will receive a tie-dye T-shirt and official scavenger list and pledge sheet,” she said. “If working together as a group, the individuals will have to decide how to divide the prize drawing raffle tickets.

Stryker mentioned that all pets are welcome and must be friendly, up-to-date on shots and have a current Pennsylvania dog license.

Attendees can get registration information and a form through the website,, or by calling the shelter at 322-4646.