The BC SPCA unveiled plans for new Community Animal Centres in the South Peace and West Kootenay regions at two recent events.
Both facilities, part of the BC SPCA’s eight-year Facilities Development and Services Plan to replace or refurbish aging SPCA facilities in 12 B.C. communities at a cost of $54 million, will incorporate modern designs to ensure the highest levels of welfare for all animals.
“We are extremely excited about both of these new centres and we are so grateful to the provincial government, the cities of Dawson Creek and Castlegar, the Columbia Basin Trust and all the generous animal lovers out there who are helping us make these urgently needed facilities a reality,” says BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell.
The Government of British Columbia has already contributed a total of $10 million toward the first two phases of the capital plan so far, he notes.
The new Community Animal Centres will both feature designated areas for animal temperament and behaviour assessments, specialized isolation areas for sick animals, indoor-outdoor kennels for cats and dogs, areas for small animals and multi-purpose spaces that can be used for dog training, BC SPCA youth camps, workshops and other community events.
“We’re almost there, but we’re confident animal lovers in B.C. will help make these wonderful new facilities a reality for animals in need,” Daniell says.