Animal lovers gathered at the BC SPCA’s annual Fur Ball fundraising gala in Kamloops on May 7 had extra reason to celebrate as BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell announced the start of a public campaign to raise the final $1.2 million needed for a new $4.8 million, 10,000-square-foot Community Animal Centre in Kamloops. The new centre, which will include a 2,200-square-foot spay/neuter clinic to help address pet overpopulation in the region, will be constructed on a 2.2-acre property on the western edge of the city at 2815 Tranquille Road.
“This new facility will transform how abused and abandoned animals are cared for in this region,” said Daniell. “Not only will the centre provide urgently needed services for the city’s most vulnerable animals, but it will be a critical hub for animal cruelty investigations in the region and a resource centre to support pet guardians in the community.”
The new facility will incorporate modern animal welfare designs to promote the highest levels of animal health and welfare and will include shared “apartments” for dogs to encourage socialization and play, communal indoor-outdoor areas for cats, a small-animal room, isolations areas for sick and injured animals and a large multi-purpose room for hosting community gatherings, children’s camps, educational programs and other events.
While the provincial government has provided $1.3 million in funding for the project, the balance of $1.2 million will be raised through support from community donations. “We hope that residents of Kamloops and animal lovers from around the province will rally to support our fundraising efforts so that we can break ground on this project by early 2017,” said Daniell.
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.