It seems to be a done deal that the city has hired Coastal Animal Control Services of BC to oversee animal control, taking this over from the SPCA.
It is a huge cost saving measure but I wonder how there can be such a huge difference in the quotes from CACS and the SPCA? I am very afraid that the city will just as quickly replace the existing SPCA with CACS which was mentioned in the article in the newspaper.
The SPCA has served Campbell River patrons and animals for a very long time with true dedication to all the animals (and people) who have walked through the SPCA doors. I have volunteered at the SPCA for a few years and have so appreciated the loving care and the kindness shown to the animals. The staff strive to find homes for all the animals and, in the interim, make a huge effort to make their stay as comfortable as possible. The staff have worked under very difficult situations for a very long time as the building is often full to capacity and finances are tight relying on public donations. I always leave there knowing the best is done for all the creatures that enter the premises.
Being part of the BCSPCA connection gives them the benefit of transferring animals if another shelter has avaiable homes. I am very afraid if the city does decide to go with CACS for a future shelter (or pound). Gone will be all the kind, friendly, caring, experienced staff for all the homeless animals. I am afraid, very afraid for all these animals.