KAMLOOPS — A new SPCA facility is one step closer to reality in Kamloops.
The BC SPCA has hired Kamloops-based company A&T Project Developments Inc. as the contractor. Work on the new centre is expected to begin later this spring and is expected to be completed by early summer 2019.
Interim Branch Manager Alyssa Kyllo says the new 10,500 square-foot centre will include a 8,160 square-foot Community Animal Centre and a 2,340 square-foot clinic for spay/neuter sugeries and will be located at 2815 Tranquille Road, across from the Kamloops Airport.
"One of the biggest changes will be bringing our spay and neuter clinic and our animal shelter together at one location. Right now we operate two different locations, one being down on Tranquille Road and then our shelter being at Eighth Street here on the North Shore."
She adds the facility will incorporate 12 spacious indoor-outdoor dog kennels, five large cat rooms, a dedicated small animal area, an assessment room, office space for animal care, humane education and cruelty investigations staff, a volunteer area and a large multipurpose/community room for workshops, training, summer camps and animal-related events.
The spay-neuter clinic will include three examination rooms, a surgical suite, an area for feral cats and separate waiting areas for cats and dogs to improve animal welfare.
Kyllo adds they're also welcoming donations.
"The project is well underway now but we still have about a million dollars left to raise. So, the entire project I believe is going to cost $6.5 million and that includes everything from the studs and concrete to the furnishings and appliances. So it's quite a significant build."
To donate or learn more visit spca.bc.ca/highfive.
The new Kamloops facility is party of the BC SPCA's $60 million Facilities and Development and Services Plan to refurbish aging SPCA buildings in 12 B.C. communities.
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