After serving more than 500 pets in 2019, the Swift Current SPCA’s is looking for the region’s support for its animal shelter operations in 2020.
The SPCA’s Annual Appeal is underway, asking all residents of Swift Current and the southwest to consider a donation of $20 (or more) to help ensure continuation of shelter services.
Although the demand for shelter services has been increasing over the past few years, the SPCA still faces the yearly challenge of raising more than 80% of its annual budget in the community from fundraising and shelter revenues. Unlike some local non-profit organizations, the SPCA doesn’t receive any provincial or federal core funding for services. The Swift Current SPCA is also not affiliated with nor funded by the Saskatchewan SPCA.
“The Annual Appeal is a critical part of our annual fundraising for shelter operations,“ says Development Officer Teresa Cole. “It’s also one of the easiest ways to help us out with a direct donation and tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more since we are a registered charity.”
All proceeds of the campaign stay in the area to support local operations. With a higher volume of pets, the organization’s budget is now more than $30,000 per month. In addition, an aging shelter building means there are ongoing costs related to maintenance and equipment renewal.
Donations toward the SPCA’s “$20 for ‘20” 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 Book Store at 37 1st Ave NE. Donations can also be made online at the SPCA website www.spcaswiftcurrent.com or by EFT to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Swift Current SPCA is a volunteer-directed registered charity serving the whole southwest region. The no-kill animal shelter is staffed 365 days a year and provides 24/7 shelter, food, and care to domestic pets. It provides required medical services to pets including a mandatory spay/neuter program, as well as 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 has been in its current facility since 1990.