Swift Cur­rent SPCA kicks off $19 for ’19 ap­peal

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - SUB­MIT­TED

With about a 20 per cent in­crease in pets served from 2017 to 2018, the Swift Cur­rent SPCA’S is look­ing for the area’s sup­port to help care for even more pets in 2019. The SPCA’S An­nual Ap­peal kicks off on Fe­bru­ary 15th, ask­ing all res­i­dents of Swift Cur­rent and the south­west to con­sider a do­na­tion of $19

(or more) to sup­port the lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ter this year.

“The An­nual Ap­peal is an im­por­tant piece of our an­nual fundrais­ing for shel­ter op­er­a­tions,“says De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Teresa Cole. “It’s one of the eas­i­est ways to help us out with a di­rect do­na­tion and tax re­ceipts are is­sued for do­na­tions of $10 or more.”

In 2018 the ap­peal kicked off with a suc­cess­ful “Celebrity Dog Pound” event which will be re­turn­ing on Feb 15th this year. Sev­eral lo­cal celebri­ties will be turn­ing them­selves in at the shel­ter and will be re­quired to raise at least $500 in do­na­tions for the ap­peal in “pound

fees” to se­cure their dog tag and re­lease.

Un­like some lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, the SPCA doesn’t re­ceive any pro­vin­cial or fed­eral fund­ing. The Swift Cur­rent SPCA is also not af­fil­i­ated with nor funded by the Saskatchewan SPCA, as the two or­ga­ni­za­tions have some­what dif­fer­ent man­dates. In 2018, about 85% of the SPCA’S an­nual bud­get came from the com­mu­nity through do­na­tions, adop­tions and ser­vices, and fundrais­ing events. All pro­ceeds stay in the area to sup­port lo­cal op­er­a­tions. With a higher vol­ume of pets, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s bud­get is now more than $30,000 per month. In ad­di­tion, the ag­ing shel­ter

build­ing is re­quir­ing more main­te­nance work and the or­ga­ni­za­tion is be­gin­ning to plan for a new shel­ter in fu­ture.

Do­na­tions to­ward the SPCA’S “$19 for ‘19” An­nual Ap­peal can be mailed to the Swift Cur­rent SPCA at Box 1163, Swift Cur­rent, S9H 3X3 or dropped off the SPCA Shel­ter at 2101 Knight Cres­cent or the SPCA Used Book Store at 37 1st Ave NE. Do­na­tions can also be made on­line at the SPCA web­site www.sp­caswiftcur­rent.com and new this year is the op­tion to send EFT do­na­tions to trea­[email protected]­caswiftcur­rent.com (pass­word: 19for19).

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