Animal lover continues lobby effort to establish animal shelter in region
“If you don’t help with the problem, you’re part of the problem. And I’m not going to be part of the problem.”
That’s Laura-Lee Hiscock, in her characteristic to-thepoint style.
The problem? The large numbers of homeless, unwanted, uncared for animals, especially feral cats, roaming around Conception and Trinity bays. Officials with the St. John’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( SPCA) have described the problem in this region as “severe.”
The solution? Hiscock believes it’s a proper animal shelter in the area, which could provide a safe haven for such animals until caring homes can be found or, if necessary, more drastic measures have to be taken.
Hiscock is the driving force behind the effort, and has been pitching the idea to municipalities and various groups for several months. Admittedly, it’s an uphill battle, but she believes the dream could become a reality within a year, but not without plenty of help and support.
An important first step — the formation of a local branch of the SPCA — has been accomplished. Once official, the branch will be known as the Baccalieu Trail SPCA. Hiscock can’t think of a better organization to operate the proposed animal shelter.
While everything possible is done to save the life of an abused animal, Hiscock wonders, “ how far can you take that?” Even in cases where the animal’s life can be saved, “ you have to consider the quality of life that animal is going to have and the lifelong commitment for its new owners.”
Referring to their “open door policy,” Hiscock said, “we will never, ever turn an animal away.”
Laura-Lee Hiscock, a resident and business owner in Freshwater, is spearheading a campaign to esbablish an SPCA animal shelter in the region.