Exploits Valley SPCA
WE ARE THE EXPLOITS VALLEY SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING.
13A Duggan Street Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2K7
You can contact us at (709) 489-3604. If no one is available to take your call, you can leave a message on our machine or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org We are open daily, when possible, from 10:30 - 11:30 and again at 2:30 - 4:00.
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PLEASE CONSIDER CAREFULLY BEFORE ADOPTING A PET.
Adopting a cat or dog is a commitment for the lifetime of your pet – it can be as long as 18 years or possibly more. You must be willing to work with any issues that come with adopting – most of these animals have come from unstable homes and have not had a positive start in life. When we adopt, we hope that home will be a permanent “forever” home. Placing a pet in numerous homes is very confusing and stressful for the animal; they do not have a chance to adapt to one particular environment and can therefore develop behavioural problems – this is very unfair to the animal. Please make sure that you are willing to cope with the financial and emotional costs of bringing an animal into your home. When a dog or cat goes through our shelter doors, we hope that it will live a happy and healthy long term life with its new family. Do not make a spur of the moment decision; think seriously about the commitment you should be making.
There is a $45.00 adoption fee for any animal that is adopted from the shelter. The animal must be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age - this is mandatory. There is a $100.00 adoption fee for any animal that is already spayed or neutered. We carry out a reference check before any animal is adopted and you must sign an adoption agreement which is a legal contract.
PLEASE NOTE: AS WE DO NOT KNOW THE BACKGROUND OF MOST OF THE ANIMALS THAT COME TO THE SHELTER, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE HEALTH OF YOUR PET. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH VET CARE.
If you have a lost pet in Grand Falls-Windsor or a nearby community and would like to have their picture posted on our site for visitors to see, please e-mail a description of your pet, location of where they were last seen, contact information and picture (if at all possible) to email@example.com We will do our best to get the word out so that your treasured pet can get back home safe and sound.
MEDIA RELEASE FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION
SPCA Newfoundland and Labrador
For Immediate Release:
SPCA Newfoundland and Labrador (SPCA NL) would like to inform the general public that with the passage of the new Animal Health and Protection Act in 2012, SPCA NL and its 8 branches which comprise of St. Johns, Baccalieu, Burin, Clarenville, Gander, Exploits Valley, South West Coast, and Goose Bay, have been instructed by the Department of Natural Resources to stop responding to complaints of animal neglect and abuse. SPCA NL is not considered an enforcement agency under the Animal Health and Protection Act.
Every year, the SPCA NL branches receive more than 750 complaints of possible animal neglect and cruelty across the province. As a community organization with public trust, dedicated volunteers and staff knowledgeable in animal care and behaviour, SPCA NL could provide a key role in the area of responding to complaint calls. Therefore, SPCA NL will remain focused and committed to re-establishing a presence in providing a sustainable response to animal abuse complaints, educating the general public and assisting enforcement agencies in carrying out this mandate more effectively.
Under previous legislation SPCA branches had authority to enforce legislation, and to support law enforcement agencies, in the prevention of animal cruelty. Currently SPCA NL branches have authority to hold animals that have been seized by the RCMP or RNC but not to be engaged in the enforcement activities leading up to that seizure in any way. Once an animal seizure occurs and the animal is placed in the care of the SPCA, the shelter has to assume all costs associated with housing and caring for the animal and in some cases these costs have been in the range of several thousands of dollars.
The Provincial Government has stated that the services of the RCMP, RNC and designated Municipal Officers are providing an adequate service in responding to complaints of animal neglect and cruelty in this province. SPCA NL Board and its 8 branches contend that animal cruelty deserves additional attention as there continue to be gaps in service across the province. While the RCMP/RNC and municipalities are working diligently to fulfil their obligations under the Animal Health and Protection Act, these enforcement agencies have many other responsibilities besides animal investigations. Many citizens continue to contact the SPCA with complaints of animal cruelty because the timelines for investigations appears extensive and the individuals logging the complaints are concerned about the level of distress of the animals. The SPCA continues to receive requests for assistance from enforcement agencies. The involvement of SPCA branches would result in a better utilization of resources and more expedient response to all complaint calls.
SPCA NL will continue to advocate to the Province for authority to be able to work with existing forces to provide better coordination, and bring stronger animal health knowledge to the process of enforcement. SPCA organizations are a valued member of the enforcement process across Canada.
They are a professional, knowledgeable, and trusted agency. The animals of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve the same consideration as other provinces.
The Provincial Government supports the sheltering and rehoming operations with an annual renewable grant of $110,000, representing just over 10% of the $1.2M spent by shelters across the province. The remaining funds for shelter operations are provided by private and corporate donations. The more than 3600 animals directly coming through our shelter doors and hundreds of others are assisted through various community programs, thanks to the Province and the public. However, the needs of those animals that are neglected and face abuse that do not come through our doors also need resources, attention and care.
We ask that the public tell their Members of the House of Assembly their concerns to ensure animals’ voices’ are heard in this matter. The animals of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve to be safe, protected and free from suffering. SPCA NL should be provided a role in enforcement activities to provide protection for animals of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Buddy is one of our three shelter cats... He is hoping that you will call the shelter to find out how you can help the animals and get involved as a volunteer...we are in need of bodies to help care for these furry critters!
*Our beautiful Buddy passed away on February 8, 2016. He was approximately 18 years old and lived here at the shelter for the past 10 years. Buddy was a gentle, quiet cat and was always there to greet the general public. We miss him greatly and he will always be remembered with love and fondness.
These are our 2 newest shelter cats, Flossie and her brother Benny. They came to our shelter on December 13, 2008 from La Scie and were very timid and scared. We treated them for a respiratory virus and with lots of love and care they have become wonderful additions to our animal home.
Updated January 9, 2017
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