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BC SPCA permanently closing Vernon community animal centre

November 15, 2023

Due to a number of ongoing concerns related to the structural integrity of the Vernon community animal centre, the BC SPCA has made the difficult decision to permanently close the facility to the public, effective November 17.

“We have been aware of growing concerns related to the building’s foundation, walls, and ceiling, but a recent inspection by a structural engineer has also revealed significant issues with the roof that would put the safety of staff, volunteers, animals and members of the public at risk if we keep operating from the facility,” says Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA. “Simply repairing the roof would not be a viable solution for the long-term future of the building, as the more than 35-year-old building is located on a former landfill site which is causing the subsidence and cracking of the facility.”

Daniell stresses that the BC SPCA remains committed to serving the animal welfare needs for the City of Vernon and surrounding communities. “Many of the programs and services in place in Vernon, such as animal protection, youth education and community support initiatives, are already regionally based and we are exploring opportunities to further support the community moving forward.”

Any animals remaining in the BC SPCA’s care at the time of the closure will be transferred to the surrounding community animal centres, whose capacities are each being increased to support sheltering activities for the community. Two existing BC SPCA facilities – in Shuswap and Kelowna – exist within an hour and a half drive from Vernon.

“The decision to permanently close the Vernon community animal centre was very difficult and not one that was made lightly. At the end of the day, we needed to consider the welfare of our staff, volunteers, and, importantly, the animals in our care both in the short and long term.”

If you need support from the BC SPCA, contact your nearest BC SPCA location or call the Animal Helpline: 1-855-622-7722.