Salmon Cove girl’s Christ­mas float helps pets with­out a per­ma­nent home

Ally Butt look­ing to raise more money, col­lect food for Bac­calieu Trail SPCA

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

“It made me feel re­ally good, be­cause I know the SPCA is al­ways need­ing help and they don’t get a lot.”

Ally Butt

When Ally Butt’s float makes its way along the Santa Claus pa­rade route in Salmon Cove later this week­end, it won’t be just to sim­ply bring some sea­sonal mer­ri­ment.

Ally, with help from her fam­ily, wanted to find a way to help the an­i­mals she cares so deeply about. In her spare time, the 12-year-old girl is a ju­nior dog han­dler with the Cana­dian Ken­nel Club. Ally’s fam­ily has a pair of wiener dogs, Tessie and Petey.

“I’ve al­ways had a love for an­i­mals, and my mom is al­ways look­ing for some­thing for me to do in­volv­ing dogs, and she wan­dered upon (the club),” said Ally, a Grade 7 stu­dent at Per­salvic El­e­men­tary in Vic­to­ria. “I tried it and I re­ally like it.”

The idea for en­ter­ing a float in the pa­rade to sup­port and raise aware­ness about the Bac­calieu Trail SPCA came to­gether pretty nat­u­rally, and the out­come ul­ti­mately ex­ceeded her ex­pec­ta­tions. The 2017 pa­rade in Salmon Cove was the first time Ally en­tered a float to at­tract at­ten­tion to her beloved cause. Her ef­forts were re­warded. They col­lected over $200 and filled a few bags with do­nated food items.

“It made me feel re­ally good, be­cause I know the SPCA is al­ways need­ing help and they don’t get a lot,” Ally said.

The Bac­calieu Trail SPCA has been ac­tive for sev­eral years and op­er­ates a thrift store in Bay Roberts to sup­port op­er­a­tions. The group re­cently broke ground on what will be the even­tual lo­ca­tion of its first an­i­mal shel­ter in Til­ton.

Cre­at­ing the float has been a group ef­fort. Her mom and dad, Crys­tal and Devin Butt, help out, as does her brother Hunter and Will. Cousin Tay­lor Slade has also pitched in with some paint­ing to give the float some colour.

To help get the word out about her float, Ally has used so­cial me­dia and dis­trib­uted posters for ex­po­sure. On the day of the pa­rade, peo­ple will walk their dogs along­side the float and col­lect money along the pa­rade route. They also have an SPCA ban­ner to dis­play.

Her mom is very proud of Ally’s ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing an­i­mals.

“Ally is a one-of-a-kind,” Crys­tal Butt told The Com­pass, not­ing her daugh­ter is in­ter­ested in one day be­com­ing a vet­eri­nar­ian. “She’s kind of a lit­tle old mother hen. She loves an­i­mals and is very com­mit­ted to help­ing an­i­mals.”

The Salmon Cove Santa Claus pa­rade takes place Satur­day, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Ally Butt, left, and her dog Tessie, walk along­side friends Lilly Wil­liams and Shayna Em­ber­ley at the 2017 Salmon Cove Santa Claus pa­rade.

From left, Hunter, Will and Ally Butt next to the float Ally uses to help raise funds for the Bac­calieu Trail SPCA in the Salmon Cove Santa Claus pa­rade.

From left, Ally, Hunter and Will Butt stand along­side the food col­lected for the Bac­calieu Trail SPCA thanks to Ally’s float in the 2017 Salmon Cove Santa Claus pa­rade.

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