The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) unveiled plans for its new South Peace Community Animal Centre at a special event on March 3 in Dawson Creek.
“We are extremely excited about the new centre and are grateful to the provincial government, the City of Dawson Creek and all the generous animal lovers who are helping us make this urgently needed facility a reality,” said BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell.
The BC SPCA, a not-for-profit organization, served nearly 43,000 abused, neglected, abandoned and injured animals last year, including more than 600 from the South Peace region.
The new 4,800-square-foot facility, to be located in the eastern part of the city at 11418 Third Street, will incorporate modern designs to ensure the highest levels of health and welfare for animals.
The centre will include nine spacious indoor-outdoor dog kennels, five large indoor-outdoor cat rooms, areas for small animals, designated space for temperament and behaviour assessments, specialized isolation areas for sick and injured animals, food preparation and laundry areas and office space for shelter, cruelty investigations and humane education staff.
“The centre will also have a multi-purpose space that can be used for dog training, SPCA youth camps, workshops and other events for the community,” said Daniell.
The new South Peace facility is part of the BC SPCA’s eight-year Facilities Development & Services Plan to replace or refurbish aging SPCA facilities in 12 communities at a cost of $54 million. The Province of B.C. has contributed $10 million towards the first two phases of the capital plan so far.
“I am very pleased that $800,000 of the B.C. government’s $10 million contribution to the BC SPCA will be used on a project here in Dawson Creek to build the South Peace Community Animal Centre,” said the Hon. Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South.
“This will improve the lives of many animals in our area, and I want to thank the staff, volunteers and all involved with this important and needed community project.”
Daniell said the BC SPCA is extremely grateful to the provincial government for their support and to the City of Dawson Creek, which has generously donated the land for the new facility, a contribution worth $400,000. The centre will also benefit from a significant legacy from the estate of a local donor, Mr. Rea Peverley. Total cost for the new centre is $2.7 million.
“We are almost there, but we still need to raise $125,000 to complete the project,” says Daniell. “We are confident that animal lovers in the region will help make this wonderful new facility a reality for animals in need.”
To learn more about how you can support the new South Peace Community Animal Centre, visit spca.bc.ca/southpeacecares.