The Prince Albert SPCA relies on donations to continue to do what it does best, which is finding homes for abandoned pets. Each 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.
For the past five years Prince Albert's SPCA has been raising funds through their New Leash on Life campaign to build a new facility. The goal for the campaign that started in 2009 was to raise $3.2 million in five years. Now after years of hard work and unbelievable generosity from community members that goal has become a reality. The SPCA made the move from their old facility to their new facility at North Industrial Drive on June 15.
It is due to their determination and the community’s belief in their cause that the Prince Albert SPCA was voted as Prince Albert’s best local charity.
Debbie Lehner, manager of the SPCA, said they still don’t have all of the funds secured for the cost of the building, but it wasn’t enough to deter them from making the move.
“We will still carry on with fundraising and donor support,” she said. “But to go from the facility we were in to this state of the art and fabulous new facility, it is just really, really exciting.”
“It is just an absolutely fabulous facility it’s bright, it’s airy, and it’s warm, and it’s inviting for people to come in too,” she added.
The SPCA’s old facility had asbestos in the walls, which might have been harmful to the staff and pets. It had little available space and required a number of repairs in the kennels and throughout the building. It also had no ventilation system that, as a result, caused some of the SPCA’s many feline guests to become ill with respiratory illness. The SPCA’s new facility is almost four times larger than the old facility, creating a lot more room for the pets that stay there.
The building campaign is over and it came to a halt at the end of March. However, fundraising efforts to cover the costs of the new building will continue, said Lehner.
“We are looking for some new fundraising events for this coming year and next year to generate that revenue,” said Lehner. “We are in a building that is three to four times the size of our other facility. So when you house more animals and you have to hire additional -staff to cover that in a building of this size and you own your own building there are a lot more costs that come into play.”
The SPCA’s new facility can house approximately 40-50 dogs and 90 cats. Lehner encourages visitors to come in and check out their new facility. She said the new environment is completely different.
“It’s not like coming to the old shelter they will find a totally different tone and atmosphere,” she said.
The grand opening celebration for the SPCA’s new facility was on July 26.
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 or visit their website.
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