The Shuswap branch of the BCSPCA is looking for property closer to town on which to construct a new facility. (Shuswap BCSPCA photo)

Shuswap SPCA seeking property for new facility

Organization would like location closer to town centre

The Shuswap Branch of the SPCA is looking for land closer to town for the construction of a new facility.

In a presentation to city council, branch manager Victoria Olynik and regional manager Tracy Westmoreland explained the organization is working towards replacing 12 of its older facilities across the province, including the Salmon Arm location at 5850 Auto Rd. SE.

“It’s an aging shelter,” commented Westmoreland. “We’ve just been over there today, it’s quite cold in there, keeping the animals warm and the people warm is a little challenging. It’s an old and small facility that really restricts the projects and programs we can provide.”

Westmoreland said the SPCA has been working with the province and local governments along the way, and is opening two new facilities, one in Kamloops and one in Dawson Creek. Another in Castlegar was opened in September.

Related: Shuswap SPCA’s free spay/neuter program hits target early

“We’re already doing the youth education, some adult education; however, we could do more…,” said Olynik. “So with a new shelter, we would also be able to be a true community animal centre… We could offer, with more space, dog training classes, more education workshops, have some youth programs right at the shelter where kids can come after school, we can hold community events there, we may even have space to rent out to other businesses who can be there.”

Westmoreland said the top priority locally is securing a new property for a Shuswap community animal centre. She said the branch owns the land at 5850 Auto Rd. and would be able to sell it to support construction of a new facility.

Related: Shuswap SPCA opens new recycling centre in Salmon Arm

“I talked briefly about a project in Castlegar – it’s a beautiful, bright shelter, it has state of the art animal facilities, room for small animals, a huge, multi-purpose space where we really can connect with the community and provide those more preventatives services, the educational pieces…,” said Westmoreland, who explained the property was provided by the City of Castlegar, which obtained it from the province. “What happened is they identified a piece of land owned by BC Highways that was not often being used, they facilitated a private land transfer and they donated that piece of land to the SPCA. Obviously, a very exciting opportunity for us.”

Westmoreland said she’d like some support from the city to figure out where there might be local opportunities, with preference to being closer to the city.

“We’re a little bit isolated where we are. We want something conducive with walk-in traffic,” said Westmoreland.

City development services director Kevin Pearson said he’s had conversations over the past year with the realtor acting on behalf of the SPCA.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Petition calls for regulation of cigarette boats on Shuswap Lake

Public call for tighter controls on the fast, powerful vessels initiated before Sept. 1 collision

Salmon Arm martial arts school evicted along with assisted living facility

Students call Northern Spirit Martial Arts’ Hudson Street location a sanctuary

Salmon Arm RCMP see upswing in thefts of, and from, vehicles

Police report thieves prowling at night, entering unlocked vehicles

Successful Salmon Arm farmer’s market extended into December

Market may switch to indoor venue during the colder months of winter

RCMP investigating thefts from Shuswap mail boxes

Salmon Arm residents with compromised boxes asked to pick up mail at post office

‘It’s almost surreal’: South Okanagan fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Most Read