Organizers encouraged by support for animal shelter, SPCA
A movement to establish an animal shelter in Conception Bay North got off to a promising start last week with support from interest groups including two of the region’s largest towns.
Laura-Lee Hiscock is the driving force behind the movement to get the shelter off the ground.
Hiscock, who operates Happy Tails in Freshwater, would also like to see the proposed animal shelter operated by a new local branch of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to be established in C.B.N.
Eighteen people including representatives from kennel clubs, animal hospitals, SPCA St. John’s, RCMP and five local town councils turned out at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre in Carbonear Nov. 17 to discuss the potential for Hiscock’s vision.
Encouraged by the “great response to the first meeting,” Hiscock told The Compass, “everybody seems to be on board and have the same concerns.” She says she has not received any negative feedback to her proposals.
Surprised we haven’t had such facilities in this area before, Hiscock says, “we should be able to look after our own,” rather than having to take animals to the city.
Carbonear and Bay Roberts would support an animal shelter in the area, which would save them the expense of having to take animals to St. John’s or have them euthanized. But officials from both towns agree neither town could take on the project on their own.
Perry Bowering, municipal enforcement officer for Bay Roberts, said he thinks the proposed shelter could work, “ but you have to get other towns to come on board.”
Bowering suggested the proposed shelter should be located in a rural, non-residential area because “you don’t need any negative feedback.”
The enforcement officer said he didn’t think the group would have any problems getting the money and/or local contractors to help out in constructing a building for the shelter.
Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade agreed, suggesting the group should approach the C.B.N. Joint Councils because they represent all towns in the region.
Debbie Powers, special constable with the SPCA St. John’s, who attended the meeting, is very familiar with this area, having worked with people here over the years.
Suggesting “CBN could keep us in business forever,”
Powers said she was “thrilled to see somebody starting something here.”
Warning the operation of an animal shelter is a seven day, 365-days a year job with no set hours, Powers asked, “why do people do it? Because they care.
“If you get the support of everyone in this room, and if everybody works together, I don’t see why it can’t work,” she encouraged.
Realistically, Hiscock told The Compass she realizes it could take a year before the facility is up and running. But last week’s meeting was a good start and fundraising is already underway.
Laura-Lee Hiscock chats with Susan Deir and Debbie Powers, special constables with the SPCA St. John’s and RCMP Const. Adrienne Young. They were among the 18 who turned out at the Carbonear town hall Nov. 17 to talk about the establishment of a local animal shelter that would be operated by a newly established branch of the SPCA.