Pet lovers have found another way to support their furry frenemies.

The Second Annual Friends Helping Furry Friends Golf Tournament will return to the Spur Valley Golf Resort at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 27th to help raise money for the Global Animal Lovers Society (GALS).

The nine-hole scramble includes a barbecue steak dinner, prizes and doggies bags that have been donated from Cindy Chopper, owner of Choppers Pet Care and Supplies in Invmere.

Were having a tournament for GALS, said Aaron Sarson, event organizer. Its an organization that helps foster dogs and cats that need homes; and spay and neuter. Its something thats close to my heart because I have two foster dogs myself.

In fact, Mr. Sarson started hosting Golfing for GALS last season when his dog Piper needed a knee surgery that was out of his budget. He, along with participating golfers, successfully raised $750 last year and promised to continue running the fundraiser to help others.

My dog got injured and had to have a major knee surgery that we couldnt afford so we decided to put on a golf tournament, explained Mr. Sarson. Everybody was very nice to help raise money for my dog, so after I said we would help put a tournament on every year once a year at Spur Valley for GALS.

Now, Mr. Sarson is following up on a promise to GALS, which is where he got his two dogs from.

We just really love dogs and cats and we want them to have homes, he added.

This year, he is hoping to raise over $1,000 for the cause.

We want to help pay for fostering and surgeries, said Mr. Sarson. Cindy at Choppers is the one who runs GALS and she is helping put a bunch of prizes together. Ive also had a lot of support from local businesses for prizes.

He credits the community for supporting the event and hopes to see it successfully continue in the future.

Im really impressed with the local businesses that have supported this cause and donated prizes, said Mr. Sarson. The support from the valley has been overwhelming. Its pretty neat to see how generous the valley is its really neat.

To register for the tournament, call Mr. Sarson at 250-688-1511 or email him at