Top officials from The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, including chief executive officer Craig Daniell and president Marylee Davies, will be in Powell River on Saturday, May 25 to celebrate the official opening of the region’s first-ever SPCA community animal centre. Members of the public are warmly invited to join BC SPCA and local government officials at the ceremony, which begins at 12 noon at the new facility at 7558 Duncan Street.
“For 30 years, a group of amazing SPCA volunteers, working from their own homes and with a network of foster families, has rescued and cared for thousands of abused, abandoned, lost and injured animals,” says Daniell. “As the community grew, this volunteer model was just not sustainable and we are extremely pleased to be celebrating this significant new chapter in the life of our Powell River & District SPCA Branch.”
At a public referendum in July 2010, residents in the Powell River Regional District voted in support of a $75,000 annual contribution toward partial operating costs of the new centre. All land and construction costs for the new 2,000-square-foot facility – approximately $860,000– were funded by BC SPCA donors.
“We are so grateful to the donors whose gifts helped to make the centre a reality and we hope the community will continue to support the ongoing expenses for the centre now that we are fully operational,” says Daniell. “There are so many animals in the region who urgently need help and as a charity we are reliant on community support to provide our services, which range from sheltering, low-cost spay/neuter and cruelty investigations to emergency medical care, cruelty prevention education and advocacy on animal issues.”
The official opening of the new SPCA facility at noon will be followed by an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring a wide range of animal-themed activities. The BC SPCA’s provincewide Open House series is presented by Hill’s ® Science Diet®.
To find out how you can help save animal lives in Powell River, vist the BC SPCA Powell River website.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.