The province is funding a $1.5 million upgrade to the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) facility in Prince George.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond joined with representatives from the BC SPCA Friday to announce the contribution as part of the $5 million the province announced earlier this week. 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 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.
“Working for the BC SPCA, we are dedicated to protecting the province’s vulnerable animals,” said Jamie Walsh, SPCA North Cariboo District branch manager. “With this funding from the government, we can continue to improve our facilities, offering a safe haven for big and small animals needing care and attention.”