Up­grade for city waifs and strays un­der way

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

The good news is that work on the Palmer­ston North SPCA up­grade is fi­nally un­der way. The bad news is, the build­ing will be closed for the next nine weeks.

The an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Danny Auger said as the Napier Rd cen­tre is now a con­struc­tion site the an­i­mals and base of oper­a­tions have been moved to the Feild­ing SPCA un­til Septem­ber 4.

‘‘There will be some­one on site dur­ing busi­ness hours to deal with in­quiries or if any an­i­mal needs ur­gent am­bu­lance as­sis­tance. It will be a ba­sic ser­vice. We don’t want to dis­ap­pear off the face of the earth, but the ren­o­va­tions have been des­per­ate for quite a while.’’

The Palmer­ston North cen­tre has been ad­min­is­ter­ing Feild­ing since July last year, and the two have now merged

‘‘Hav­ing Feild­ing, be­cause it’s rea­son­ably close to Palmer­ston North, makes it a lot eas­ier to do what we have to do. It’s very ex­cit­ing.’’

The Tri­bune an­nounced the fundrais­ing drive to make nec­es­sary im­prove­ments to the age­ing build­ing in May 2013. Then, the ask­ing price was $400,000, but with a new builder on board and by mak­ing more use of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture, costs are now more man­age­able.

‘‘Paul Ive­son from Smith & Sons’ branch in Palmer­ston North was look­ing for a com­mu­nity pro­ject, and has done all the pro­ject man­age­ment and got a lot of sup­port from sup­pli­ers.’’

Still, it has been slow go­ing for the build­ing fund, with this week’s start pos­si­ble be­cause of ‘‘a very gen­er­ous be­quest’’.

The in­ter­nal dog ken­nels have al­ready been ren­o­vated for a cost of about $35,000 and are ‘‘95 per cent com­plete’’.

‘‘We’ve been in the build­ing for 31 years – but in that time the city pop­u­la­tion has risen and there are new stan­dards and codes we need to meet.’’

Fundrais­ing for the up­grade con­tin­ues with fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to lo­cal trusts, the pro­ceeds from SPCA’s Ter­race End op-shop, and do­na­tions via the sp­ca­palmer­ston­north. org.nz web­site.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ

The SPCA’s Danny Auger with ‘‘Chase’’ the golden lab in the nearly com­plete dog ken­nel block. The main build­ing up­grade be­gins this week, clos­ing the fa­cil­ity for two months.

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