Love can shape you and define you.
The Prince Albert SPCA is in the business of love and is the best place within Prince Albert to find it. A pet is a companion that brings love, loyalty and devotion into the household. The Prince Albert SPCA is a no-kill shelter that believes in giving Prince Albert’s abandoned pets a second chance at companionship.
Every year, the SPCA rescues approximately 500 dogs and 500 cats. The goal is to find every one of those rescued animals a ‘forever’ and loving home. Staff at the SPCA specialize in matchmaking and due to their efforts, approximately 90 per cent of those 500 dogs and 500 cats are successfully adopted, usually within the same year they are rescued.
Prince Albert SPCA staff work hard at ensuring they pair the perfect pet to the right person or family. Some families may have special needs in a pet and staff aim to accommodate and identify that.
“We have so many instances of people that come in and say ‘I locked eyes with so and so’ and of course we want to make sure that it is suitable, suitable for their lifestyle and environment,” said Debbie Lehner, executive director of the Prince Albert SPCA. “A lot of people come in looking for a specific type of dog, they may have an autistic child or a child with various special needs.”
“We also get lots of emails after adoption,” added Lehner, saying they will never adopt anywhere else but through a rescue or a shelter.
Adoption success rates at the SPCA continue to climb. Cat adoption rates in the last six years have gone from 33 adopted in 2008 to 323 adopted in 2013.
“Cats can be so affectionate the cats that end up here have obviously lived in homes, came from homes, it is just nobody has claimed them,” said Lehner.
“We have aggressively marketed the cats and the importance of a feline pet and that they are not a disposable commodity and not a third-class animal citizen,” she added.
The Prince Albert SPCA has just moved to a new location. The old SPCA building located at 680 Exhibition Drive was approximately 50 years old and could only house about 29 dogs and 50 cats. The old building had asbestos in the walls, little available space, and required a number of repairs. It lacked a ventilation system that can and has caused the SPCA’s many feline guests to become ill with respiratory illness.
The SPCA has recently moved to the new location. The new facility located on North Industrial Drive is able to house approximately 40 to 50 dogs and 90 cats.
The new shelter will provide more room and create better living conditions for the animals that stay there.
The Prince Albert SPCA saves lives, provides companionship, and ensures second chances.
To adopt a pet or make a donation to the shelter, contact the Prince Albert SPCA at (306) 763 – 6110.
To read more about an adoption success story click here.
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