It was Christmas in February for the North Cariboo SPCA . Earlier this week, the Province announced $5million to help fund facility improvements for the BC SPCA operations, but none for Prince George. The North Cariboo SPCA is hoping to re-locate to 18th Avenue. And, today, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond sprung the news. Of the $5 million, North Cariboo SPCA will get $1.5 million.
The funding will go towards the construction of a new facility in Prince George as part of the second phase of the BC SPCA’s eight-year Facilities Development and Service Plan to replace or renovate aging shelters in B.C. communities.
The Prince George BC SPCA facility serves as the primary companion and large animal seizure centre for the Cariboo region. The funding will allow for a much needed facility expansion and will include a community animal centre for seized pets and a barn for larger seized animals. The centre will also enhance youth education programming and create opportunities for the BC SPCA to offer sought after programs such as obedience training and pet first-aid.
“We are very proud to be investing in the Prince George BC SPCA facility. Whether it is caring for vulnerable animals or education programs for children, the BC SPCA does a great job here in Prince George and around the province. The increased capacity will add space to care for larger seized animals as well as additional space for seized pets. Thank you to the BC SPCA for giving animals the care they deserve.”
Needless to say, North Cariboo SPCAS Branch Manager Jamie Walsh was over the moon.
“With this funding, we can continue to improve our facilities, offering a safe haven for big and small animals needing care and attention.”