Today the B.C. government announced an additional $5 million to support the BC SPCA’s eight-year Facilities Development and Service Plan to replace or renovate aging shelters, keeping vulnerable animals safe.
North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite joined with members of the BC SPCA for the announcement. This $5-million funding announcement will allow the BC SPCA to embark on the initial stages of Phase 2 of its facilities plan, which includes a new Vancouver campus.
Plans for the new Vancouver site are still in the early-planning stages, but the facility will include a Community Animal Centre, full-service veterinary hospital, education centre, and serve as the BC SPCA’s provincial office. This will increase their capacity to serve as the Lower Mainland’s primary hub for surrendered animals, and support rescued animals that are looking for their forever homes.
The B.C. government recognizes and values the important work of the BC SPCA and its contributions to the welfare of animals. Today’s funding builds on the $5 million announced in Balanced Budget 2015 to support the first phase of their facilities plan, and supports the Province's commitment to working with the BC SPCA to address animal-welfare issues throughout the province.
Phase 1 funding supported a large animal-seizure facility which opened in Kelowna in March 2015, and last June, 2016, a new state-of-the-art SPCA facility opened its doors in Nanaimo. Recently, plans were unveiled for a new community animal centre in Kamloops to help address the overwhelming pet population in the area.
The BC SPCA’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. The not-for-profit organization has been serving animals in need for more than 120 years, caring for neglected, abused and homeless animals and offering a wide range of outreach, education and advocacy programs to promote the welfare of animals.
The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province. In doing so, these construction projects are creating high-paying, family-supporting jobs. These investments are possible because of the fiscal plan of the B.C. government.
Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver-Seymour MLA –
“Animals everywhere deserve proper care and housing. With this additional $5 million from the provincial government, we will see more animals under the care of the BC SPCA receiving the treatment they need to be healthy and protected.”
Craig Daniell, chief executive officer, BC SPCA –
“We are extremely grateful to the Government of British Columbia for their ongoing support of homeless, abused and vulnerable animals. This $5-million contribution provides a valuable launch as we move forward with community fundraising for second phase of our capital building plan, which will include a new community animal centre in Vancouver. The government has contributed a total of $10 million since 2015 towards our $53.8 million Facilities Development and Services Plan to replace or refurbish aging SPCA shelters, which has enabled us to carry out work in eight B.C. communities to date.”
More information on the BC SPCA can be found at: http://www.spca.bc.ca/
Jill MilneGovernment Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
Lorie ChortykGeneral Manager, community relations
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