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General · 15th May 2013
Dr. Helen Kwong
Whew, what a roller coaster ride so far. The Go Loonie for the SPCA campaign is gaining momentum there so many fun activities coming up. A yummy BBQ at the Dogwood Pet Mart at the end of May, a fabulous photo session at Posh Paws on May 25th, a huge book sale on May 25th at the Merecroft Village (in the old Movie Gallery), ongoing raffles at the Merecroft Veterinary Clinic, Campbell River Veterinary Hospital, Campbell River Pet Grooming, Campbell River Pet Centre, to name a few. The latest list of SPCA individuals and businesses participating in this fundraiser will be in this Friday's Mirror. Please support these businesses as they truly care about the SPCA. Did you know that you can purchase a paw print for $50 at the CR Mirror to show your support of the SPCA, and $25 dollars of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA. Great bang for your advertising dollar!!

We are awaiting a reply from the city on a revised plan to divide the old SPCA building, so it is a bit more functional. Not sure what the delay is? In the meantime, the SPCA is strongly commited to having a presence in Campbell River. What does this mean? They have already hired more constables to handle animal welfare/cruelty investigations in our area. They are planning to continue to run low income spay and neuter programs. Previously, Campbell River was awarded several grants to support this spay and neuter program, but we lost this when the SPCA closed. Another question that is on everyone's mind is what happens to the funds that we raise in Campbell River? What would happen if the SPCA does not have a physical presence in Campbell River? All the money raised in Campbell River stays in Campbell River, regardless. The auditors of the BCSPCA, Price, Waterhouse... makes sure of this. There is a good chance that Campbell River will be the recipient of a legacy given to the BCSPCA from a BC resident. (Not from Campbell River). This would mean that for three years, about 50% of the spays and neuters of shelter animals would be funded. Presently, there is a back-up interim plan that may allow the SPCA to come back into Campbell River on a smaller scale. Several models have been proposed including an SPCA Adoption Centre with an education centre. As it stands, the BCSPCA is planning to hold a public meeting in the second week of June where Craig Daniell, the CEO, will be available to answer questions. This meeting will probably be held at the Merecroft Village at the old Movie Gallery. Details will be published later. We will also present a BIG FAT cheque to the SPCA, and will likely have a city representative present the $10,000 cheque.

Please continue to remind the mayor and city council that this matter will not fade away. We do not want to return to the days where pillowcases full of kittens are drowned in the river. How about the dogs that are abandoned in the woods with a bag of food? This is what is in store for Campbell River if we don't speak up.