Officials from the District of Maple Ridge and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gathered today to mark the official opening of a new state-of-the-art community animal centre in Maple Ridge.
The facility, designed by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. of Kelowna, features some of North America’s most progressive animal welfare designs and is B.C.’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)accredited animal shelter. The LEED rating system promotes sustainability by recognizing performance in the areas of sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The District and the BC SPCA are hoping the facility will meet criteria to become the first Gold-level LEED accredited animal centre in Canada.
Photo caption: Officials from the District of Maple Ridge and the BC SPCA mark the official opening of the new new state-of-the-art community animal centre in Maple Ridge.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the District of Maple Ridge in the operation of this facility, which sets a new standard for animal care centres in B.C.,” said Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA. The new community animal centre is built on the site of the District’s existing animal shelter at 10235 Jackson Rd., with the District and the BC SPCA each providing approximately $1.87 million toward the project. The BC SPCA has also purchased a half-interest in the land.
“The new centre will provide the highest level of service for abused, homeless, injured, neglected and lost animals,” said Daniell. The not-for-profit animal protection society cares for nearly 34,000 animals in B.C., including 1,000-1,400 animals each year in the District of Maple Ridge. In addition to providing animal control services for the District, the BC SPCA will offer a wide range of other services for animals in Maple Ridge and surrounding regions through the new facility, including cruelty investigations, humane education programs for youth and adults, advocacy campaigns to address animal welfare issues, low-cost spay/neuter programs and more.
“The SPCA is an important partner of the District of Maple Ridge, providing a key service for our residents, their pets and other animals in the community,” said Mayor Ernie Daykin. “We are pleased that this state-of-the-art animal shelter is finally opening to the public. It’s been a dream that’s close to two decades in the making. SPCA staff and the team of dedicated volunteers in Maple Ridge finally have a home that reflects and demonstrates how much we appreciate the animals who share our lives.”
Photo caption: BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch Manager Mark Vosper welcomes visitors to the new community animal centre located at animal shelter at 10235 Jackson Rd.
The new facility is approximately 6,500 square feet, incorporating modern animal welfare designs such as shared “apartments” for dogs to increase socialization, communal indoor-outdoor areas for cats, designated areas for temperament and behaviour assessments, a sophisticated ventilation system to reduce the spread of airborne disease, and a large multi-purpose room that can be used for training, education and other community uses.
“Both the District and the SPCA are also very keen to have a strong focus on volunteer involvement so our plans have included space and programming to promote and develop volunteer opportunities,” said Daniell.
The District will continue to provide property adjacent to the new BC SPCA-District community animal centre for Katie’s Place, a private cat rescue group which currently operates a small facility on the site.
Through its 37 branches located around the province, the BC SPCA provides care and protection to more than 34,000 animals each year. Your gift can help give a homeless, injured or abused animal a second chance. Please donate today.
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.