Why The Sault Humane Society Love Their Big Macs

Photo: Luke Mayo, Manager McDonald’s, Xavier Hawkes, Sault Humane Society, Brenda Crack, Supervisor, McDonald’s and Cody Tryseruha Area Supervisor, McDonald’s

A brand new look at the Sault’s first McDonald’s location has led to a nice donation to the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society.

After closing its doors for renovations, the McDonald’s located at 371 Great Northern Road has re-opened with a brand new drive thru, lobby and PlayPlace!  

Rob Prober, franchisee of all the Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay McDonald’s restaurants made the decision to have a fundraiser for the local animal shelter by donating a portion of proceeds from each Big Mac or McChicken sandwich sold for the last week.

On Saturday a cheque of $2,187.00 was presented to the Humane Society to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated restaurant.

To celebrate, franchisee Rob Prober and his team have been raising funds to support the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society with a portion of the proceeds from every Big Mac and McChicken sold until March 29th going directly to the humane society.

“We all have dogs and Rob and his team are avid animal advocates , he’s always taking rescues in” said Cody Tryseruha , area supervisor for McDonald’s.

Xavier Hawkes, representing the SSM Humane Society said it’s a busy time of year at the shelter. “We’re always running at pretty high capacity so this money is much needed”

Prober gives back to the community in other ways. He has a history of community involvement with his restaurants, such as hosting the Toystock Toy Drive around the holidays and atoMc hockey.  

Brenda Crack, McDonald’s Supervisor has been at the fast food chain since 1979 says she has seen a lot of changes at McDonald’s since the chain opened their first location in the Sault in 1974.

“One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is being more adaptable with our menu. ” Crack has also gone through three major renovations to the Great Northern Road location over the years , both inside and out. The biggest being the entire building remodel in 2000, another inside update in 2004 and the current renovations for the interior was a total gut. The new layout is more family oriented with a larger play area for kids. The “playplace” was added in the 2000 remodel. The reaction to the new play area has been phenomenal, Crack said.


  • Craig Huckerby

    Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 43 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig has also won numerous International Film awards for director of the documentary, "Was I Next?, The Sean Cribbin Story"

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