A new Friends of the Yarmouth SPCA group has been established with a mandate of raising funds to help with the many costs associated with renovating and running the shelter.
Chair Chris Perry says the Friends have no particular role to play in the shelter itself, how it runs or any of its operational considerations.
“That’s strictly up to the local shelter and its administrative staff,” he said.
On Sept. 14, representatives from the Friends, and Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA, held an information and recruitment meeting at the Yarmouth YMCA.
Murphy described the Friends as being vitally important.
“You are the face of the SPCA and you are advocating on behalf of the animals,” she said.
You are communicating for us and explaining to the community what services we have and telling people why we need to raise the funds. You essentially become our voice.”
Murphy provided an update on the renovation project, which tentatively will be completed by the end of the year.
The purpose for the changes is to manage the flow of animals through the shelter so it is safe for the animals, safe for the people and manages disease control.
“Another thing we want to do is make sure the shelter is engaging so that when volunteers and public come in, it’s cheerful and makes sense,” she said.
The reception area will be larger and full of information. The number of cat rooms will be increased and be brighter with an air exchange system. Funding is being sought for the paving of the parking area and the road into the shelter. The kitchen will also be overhauled.
A community room is being created at the back that can be used for events like meetings and even children’s birthday parties.
Next spring the yard will be landscaped and a large play area built for dogs and large runs.
To join Friends of the Yarmouth SPCA
For more information about joining the Friends of the Yarmouth SPCA call 902-749-6433