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P.E.I. Humane Society fights animal abuse with cupcakes

Emma Turner’s grandmother visits her cupcake booth at the Confederation Court Mall on National Cupcake Day Monday. The national promotions raises funds for animal shelters across Canada through cupcakes baked and sold by local supporters.
Emma Turner’s grandmother visits her cupcake booth at the Confederation Court Mall on National Cupcake Day Monday. The national promotions raises funds for animal shelters across Canada through cupcakes baked and sold by local supporters. - Emily Acorn

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Animal lovers in P.E.I. were getting their just desserts Monday as staff and volunteers from the P.E.I. Humane Society operated a booth in the Confederation Court Mall as part of National Cupcake Day.

The fundraiser is presented in partnership with British Columbia and Ontario’s SPCA chapters to raise money and awareness for organizations combatting animal abuse.

Last year, P.E.I. raised close to $17,000 for the local humane society through sales of cupcakes. This year, 1,000 cupcakes were prepared, and P.E.I. Humane Society development co-ordinator Jennifer Harkness said their mall booth was on track to sell out by noon.

“Last year we did a lot of individual cupcakes, and this year we’re doing more packs of six for people to bring home or to the office,” she said.

“Over the years many of the staff here have adopted pets from the humane society. We love to show any support we can.”
-Darci Mallory

The unique fundraiser directs money back to local shelters, said Harkness.

“It’s great. Because it is organized by actual animal rights organizations, you know exactly where your donation is going.”

National Cupcake Day started in Australia and animal shelters across Canada loved the idea, said Harkness.

“It doesn’t matter your age or your skill set. Even making a box of brownies is fun.”

Emma Turner fosters cats and started working at the humane society two months ago.

“I feel like I’m part of the rare group of people that wants to be a voice for the animals.”

The mall booth was not the only place fostering an awareness of animal rights with frosted treats. Booths were set up at schools, businesses and various groups on the Island.

Darci Mallory works at Leonhard’s Café and decided to make strawberry buttercream vanilla cupcakes when she heard about National Cupcake Day.

“Over the years many of the staff here have adopted pets from the humane society. We love to show any support we can.”

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