Upgrade for city waifs and strays under way
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.
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.