Photographer lending talents to SPCA in fundraiser


NEW GLASGOW – The local SPCA relies solely on the kindness of the community for donations and receives no provincial funding.

Newcomer to this part of the province, Matt MacKinnon, wanted to help the SPCA while also getting his name out there, so he set up a studio-style portrait session for pets.

Hailing from Montreal, MacKinnon is a photographer and is hoping to kick start his business while helping a good cause.

“There will be one in Antigonish, one in New Glasgow and one in Prince Edward Island all supporting the local SPCAs,” he explains.

The New Glasgow fundraiser is taking place July 9 at the West Side Community Centre.
“It’s $40 per session which lasts about 15 minutes and that includes three professionally retouched digital images sent via email and we will also have a printing centre set up.”

As a promotion, anyone who registers for the fundraiser and gets a friend to register will receive a free print.

Agnes Leavitt, shelter manager of the SPCA of Pictou County, will also be on hand to help out.

“I’m taking my nine-year-old border collie, Nelson, that I got from the SPCA here.”

MacKinnon says he has always had a soft spot for animals and the SPCA.
“I have always preferred to adopt animals, rather than buy and they can’t speak for themselves so anything I can do to help… and contribute back to the community, I jump at the chance to do that.”

He’s hoping the event is going to be successful. “I need to up the exposure of the event because it’s important the SPCA gets funding in any way they can.”

Of the three organized events, MacKinnon says the New Glasgow one has had the best response so far. There is space for 45 to 50 animals throughout the day.

Owners are encouraged to bring anything they would like to have in the photo with the animal including clothing, toys or anything special.

Leavitt says this is the first time they’ve done a fundraiser like this. “We were very excited (to hear from MacKinnon),” notes Leavitt. “I can’t wait to see all the different animals that show up.”

To register visit or Facebook at Studio Pet Photo Event.

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