Two Sooke RCMP officers pose with their furry friends at the Balfour Friends Foundation fundraiser, “Officers on the Pawtrol 2024 Calendar.”
Cpl Erin McLeod showed up for November with her four-year-old French bulldog Macy Boy, while Const. Mary-Ellen Somerville and her husband, West Shore RCMP Const. Darren Somerville appears in March with Coco.
“(I’m) very grateful to be able to help and happy that Mackey got his time,” McLeod said.
Somerville and McLeod both said they participated because the Balfour Friends Foundation helps low-income families whose pets need urgent veterinary care.
“Coco was a good girl and enjoyed the photo shoot,” Somerville said.
Soke RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Greg Wilcox said local Mounties all have a soft spot for animals.
“Often, when members of the public visit the detachment they will see members and employees working with them as pets. In the past, members have also adopted animals that are in neglected homes,” They said.
The calendar includes police officers from the Victoria, Saanich and Central Saanich police departments and the West Shore, Sydney/North Saanich, Civic and Oceanside RCMP detachments. In addition to the canine companions, a cat and a pony are featured.
BFF also produces the “Firefighters and Friends” calendar. Both are available for purchase online. balfoursfriends.com/calendars.
The foundation is named in memory of Staff Sgt. Balfour Munkley, animal lover who served with the BC Provincial Police and RCMP.
Since 2012, BFF has raised and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars across Vancouver Island to help low-income people such as seniors, people with disabilities and single parents pay for essential veterinary care.
BFF is a voluntary registered charity that relies on donations, grants and fundraising.