Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:42

Swift Current SPCA kicks off annual appeal - $18-for-‘18

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The Swift Current SPCA’s Annual Appeal kicks off on February 15 and the organization is asking  residents of Swift Current and area to consider a donation of $18 (or more) to support the local animal shelter in 2018. To launch the appeal, the group is planning a new “Celebrity Dog Pound” event that day.

“We will be having some fun impounding a few local celebrities at the SPCA shelter the afternoon of February 15th and asking them to raise at least $18 from 18 people in order to be released,” notes SPCA President Susan McLaughlin. “$18 isn’t a huge amount for most of us, but it can go a long way to helping keep our local animal shelter in operation if we have enough pet lovers respond to our appeal.”

The Swift Current SPCA is largely community-funded and all donations stay in the area to support its operation. “We are seeing cost increases, especially in areas such as medical expenses for pets and maintenance costs as our building gets older,” McLaughlin notes.  The shelter costs more than $25,000 per month to operate and served more than 350 pets in 2017.

Unlike some non-profit organizations, the SPCA doesn’t receive any provincial or federal funding. The Swift Current SPCA is also not affiliated with nor funded by the Saskatchewan SPCA, as the two organizations have somewhat different mandates.

Donations toward the SPCA’s $18 for ‘18 Annual Appeal can be mailed to the Swift Current SPCA at Box 1163, Swift Current, S9H 3X3 or dropped off the SPCA Shelter at 2101 Knight Crescent or the SPCA Used Book Store at 37 1st Ave NE. Donations can also be made online at the SPCA website www.spcaswiftcurrent.com. Donations of $10 or more are tax-receipted.

The Swift Current SPCA is a local volunteer-directed registered charity serving the whole southwest region. The non-kill animal shelter is staffed 365 days a year and provides 24/7 shelter, food, and care to domestic pets (dogs and cats) with a high standard of health safety. It also provides required medical services including a mandatory spay/neuter program, foster and adoption services, pound care and licensing services for the City of Swift Current, and a lost and found registry and microchipping program to help reunite strays with owners. The SPCA has operated animal shelter services in Swift Current since 1973 and at the current facility since 1990.

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