The manager of the Ontario SPCA Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre is going the distance on Friday to inspire others to help animals in need this summer by getting involved with the Society’s Sweat for Pets virtual fundraising campaign.

Marianne Carlyle, manager of the Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre will set out at 7 a.m. on Friday from the adoption centre in Brockville for a 110-kilometre bike ride to the Ontario SPCA Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Animal Centre in Cornwall. Carlyle, a triathlete who was inducted into the Brockville & Area Sports Hall of Fame, wants to inspire others to get involved with Sweat for Pets, a new summer-long virtual fundraiser to help animals in need.

Every week, the Ontario SPCA unleashes a fun new Sweat for Pets challenge that can be done with or without pets and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Challenges can be modified to match your interests, or create your own unique challenge – such as a long-distance bike ride – in support of animals in your community. You can also challenge other pet parents or fitness enthusiasts to step up. While you’re sweating, encourage your family, friends and co-workers to pledge their support.

Friday’s bike ride is just the beginning for Carlyle. She’s planning a 130-kilometre bike ride to the Ontario SPCA Lennox & Addington Animal Centre in Napanee later this month, and a 200-kilometre ride to the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre in Pembroke in August.

“Sweat for Pets is a fun way to stay active while giving animals the care they need for the second chance they deserve,” says Carlyle. “By cycling to our neighbouring Ontario SPCA animal centres in Eastern Ontario, I’m hoping to inspire others to get involved in the Sweat for Pets weekly challenges. Or create your own challenge to meet your individual fitness level, sport or goal.”

Are you up for the challenge? Visit to register or donate and change the lives of animals in need across Ontario.