The BC SPCA has hired A&T Project Developments Inc., an award-winning Kamloops-based company with more than 25 years’ experience, as the contractor for its new Community Animal Centre and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Kamloops. Work on the new centre is expected to begin later this spring.
“We are delighted to take this next step and look forward to serving animals and pet guardians in the region and expanding our humane education and youth programs through this exciting new facility,” said Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA. Last year, the Kamloops & District SPCA cared for more than 1,500 abused, neglected, injured and lost animals in the region.
The new 10,500-square-foot centre will include a 8,160-square-foot Community Animal Centre and a 2,340-square-foot clinic for spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce pet overpopulation in the region. Total cost of the project is approximately $6.5 million, with the provincial government providing $1.5 million for the project. The BC SPCA still needs to raise approximately $740,000 through community support.
The new Kamloops & District facility is part of the BC SPCA’s $60 million Facilities Development and Services Plan to replace or refurbish aging SPCA buildings in 12 B.C. communities. Currently the BC SPCA Kamloops & District Branch operates out of a 4,000-square-foot, 30-year-old building at 1211 8th Street. The society also operates a spay/neuter clinic in leased space on Tranquille Road.
“In 2015 the society purchased two acres of undeveloped land at 2815 Tranquille Road, across from the airport, which has since been rezoned for a community animal centre,” said Daniell. “We hope to have our new centre open to the public by early summer, 2019.”
The new SPCA facility will incorporate 12 spacious indoor-outdoor dog kennels, five large cat rooms providing a variety of housing options for the cats, a dedicated small animal area, an assessment room, office space for animal care, humane education and cruelty investigations staff, a volunteer area and a large multipurpose/community room for workshops, training, summer camps and animal-related events. The spay/neuter clinic will include three examination rooms, a surgical suite, an area for feral cats and separate waiting areas for cats and dogs to improve animal welfare.
“We urge animal lovers in Kamloops to help us make this new facility a reality,” says Daniell. To donate or learn more, please visit spca.bc.ca/highfive.