Cupcake Day will help animals in need, like Nelson SPCA husky-cross Eli who is one-and-a-half years old and looking for his forever home. Photo: Kate Russell.

Furry friends take the cake


Nelson SPCA’s sweetest day is returning to help animals in need – and they need your help to make it a success.

Monday, August 5, is Cupcake Day – the charity’s biggest fundraiser where cupcakes are baked and sold around the country to raise funds for the ongoing protection and care of animals.

SPCA spokesperson Jessie Gilchrist says they still looking for another 150 bakers to sign up this week to reach their target of raising $300,000 this year.

These funds will be used across the country to aid in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in need.

“But the more bakers, the more money we raise – so we would like as many as possible,” says Jessie.

Nelson SPCA Mastiff cross, Tucker. Photo: Kate Russell.
Nelson SPCA Mastiff cross, Tucker. Photo: Kate Russell.

Now in its eleventh year, Cupcake Day has so far raised $2.6 million to help the 41,000 animals that come through SPCA’s doors each year in desperate need of care, shelter and veterinary treatment.

The charity is encouraging keen bakers, workplaces, friends and schools to register, bake and sell cupcakes.

Selling just six cupcakes for five dollars each can give shelter, a bed and blankets to a cat or dog in need, or selling 15 cupcakes will help a sick and injured animal receive a veterinary examination.

You can register to bake and sell as an individual, team or school at