BC SPCA in final discussions with City of Kamloops after yearlong negotiation attempts for stray kenneling services - BC SPCA
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BC SPCA in final discussions with City of Kamloops after yearlong negotiation attempts for stray kenneling services

May 1, 2024

The BC SPCA is happy to announce that the Society will continue to accept stray cats from Animal Control Officers and members of the public in Kamloops, with no disruption to this service.

Details of the tentative agreement between the BC SPCA and the City of Kamloops will be released by the city at a later time.

Original story:  Apr 15, 2024

For more than a decade, the BC SPCA has been contracted by the City of Kamloops to provide kenneling services for stray cats. This partnership has been important to ensure the safety and welfare of both animal and community members, particularly when it comes to the management of historical concerns with cat colonies within the City.

The BC SPCA has been in discussion with the City of Kamloops regarding necessary renegotiations of the now-expired service agreement since February 2023. The service agreement officially expired as of December 31, 2023, however, the BC SPCA has continued to provide kenneling support to the City in good faith with the understanding that a new contract would be signed imminently.

“We greatly value our relationship with the City of Kamloops and wish to continue this kenneling partnership for many years to come,” says Corrie Bownick, manager of Municipal Animal Contracts for the BC SPCA. “However, it is important to understand that the community grant department funded the BC SPCA’s original agreement with the City of Kamloops and we have not increased our costs to the City since 2016. Animal care costs, however, have continued to go up year over year and we’re now asking the City to recognize and compensate us as a proper kennel contractor for these important services.”

The BC SPCA is presenting to the City of Kamloops on April 16 with the hopes of reaching a mutually beneficial agreement regarding kenneling services for stray cats within the City.

If a new contract is not signed by April 30, 2024, the BC SPCA will no longer be able to accept stray cats from Kamloops Animal Control or community members, effective May 1.

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