The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA is encouraging low-income families with pets to contact the shelter about its recently launched spay/neuter program.
The program dubbed “Pawsitive Helpers” is available, at no cost to the pet owners, thanks to funding from the CanFel Foundation said Happy Valley-Goose Bay vice-president Bonnie Learning.
CanFel is a registered, Ontario-based charity established and funded by the late Sandra Bond – a businesswoman and animal welfare advocate from Guelph, Ontario.
The SPCA received $40,000 (through two separate grant applications) and the money can be used for spaying/neutering as well as for emergency vet care for animals in its care as well as animals owned by people in Labrador.
Launched in October 2016, Learning said, word is getting out about the program which is available to all low-income families in the Big Land.
“Our SPCA services all of Labrador so any (low-income families) with an animal here who needs to get them spayed or neutered should contact us,” she said.
Learning said controlling unwanted litters of puppies and kittens is important.
On average, she said, hundreds of animals are cared for at the SPCA every year.
“In October-November 2016, at one point, we had three mom dogs and litters of puppies at our shelter. Between those and the animals we had in foster care, we were caring for about 60 animals,” she said.
The SPCA in Labrador finds homes for cats and dogs in numerous areas of the province.
“People love the Labrador dogs. We have a great relationship with the Gander SPCA. They take a lot of our dogs and they get adopted in no time at all.”
The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA also has a good relationship with people in remote areas of Labrador, Learning said, who will often take in stray animals and call the shelter for help.
“We send them kennels and food and supplies so they can care for them until they are able to get them to us.”
Pet owners from outside the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area who are successful when applying to have their pet spayed or neutered are responsible for getting the animal to the vet clinic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” Learning said.
Learning said while $32,500 has been set as the combined family income threshold for the spay-neuter program, applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Families that may be a little over that amount are still encouraged to fill out an application, she said.
“The figure is a guideline for us. It’s not set in stone.”
Learning said the program is a win-win for all.
“It helps the family and it helps the SPCA not have to take in litters of animals,” she said.
For more information about the program visit Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA Facebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or spca-hvgb@hotmail or call 1 709 897 5661.