SPCA gearing up for the Holidays

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The holidays are fast approaching and the Nova Scotia SPCA has two events supporting the Provincial Animal Shelter and Provincial Office Animal Cruelty Investigations.

‘Santa’ Bob Ottenbrite from Lietash Canine Academy poses with one of his canine admirers at the annual N.S. SPCA Santa Pix.

The holidays are fast approaching and the Nova Scotia SPCA has two events supporting the Provincial Animal Shelter and Provincial Office Animal Cruelty Investigations. Through the year we struggle to meet the needs to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many vulnerable animals in Nova Scotia as possible. Both of these events wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support we receive from our volunteers. Thanks to all for their tireless efforts! 

The last week in November we begin our annual Santa Pix. Every year we book venues to have your pets’ photo taken with Santa Claus. It’s one of our favorite events as everyone has so much fun. Bob Ottenbrite from Lietash Canine Academy has been supporting the Society as our ‘Santa.’ Santa has great experience with all kinds of personalities. The event kicks off at Chapters, Dartmouth location Saturday November 26 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check out our variety of locations throughout HRM by visiting www.spcans.ca.

In December we have a number of mall dates raising much-needed funds for the Society in partnership with IAMS’ Home for the Holidays campaign. The mall dates have been going on for several years, formally Tree of Light. This is our second year participating in the campaign with IAMS to place as many animals in a loving home before the holidays. You will see us at Halifax Shopping Centre from December 10 to 22 and at the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford from December 12 to 23.

Our 2012 Calendar will be available during these events, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to support our efforts to end animal cruelty.

A wonderful outcome from last year’s campaign came to the Provincial Animal Shelter as an early Christmas gift to the animals of Nova Scotia. The NS SPCA Provincial Animal Shelter won the top prize of $5,000 for the 2010 IAMS Home for the Holiday's Local Heroes Canadian Contest. This contest was open to shelters and rescues across the country, with the top award going to the shelter or rescue organization that had the best "Success Story" in regards to saving pets' lives.

The NS SPCA Provincial Animal Shelter highlighted the work it has been doing in the past three years in regards to its Palliative Care program, which places senior animals with compromised health issues, who otherwise still have a high quality of life, in permanent foster homes where their food and medical costs are paid for by the shelter. These animals in the past would have been considered "unadoptable," but this program has given older animals a second chance to live out the rest of their lives in loving homes.

This year the Nova Scotia SPCA was again selected by IAMS for its Palliative Care program and was recognized by the Summit for Urban Animal Strategies 2011 in the Communications category for its work on the Year of the Cat Art Contest.

“The Nova Scotia SPCA is honoured to have received such prestigious awards and to have our lifesaving work recognized on the national and international stage,” Executive Director Kristin Williams says. “When I joined the organization just two years ago, I knew that so much was possible. Realizing our dreams and hopes for animals is why we do the work we do. My gratitude to our wonderful staff, volunteers, donors and sponsors who make these accomplishments possible.”

 

Organizations: IAMS, Lietash Canine Academy, Provincial Animal Shelter and Provincial Office Animal Cruelty Investigations NS SPCA Provincial Animal Shelter Chapters Palliative Care Halifax Shopping Centre Local Heroes Canadian Contest Urban Animal Strategies 2011

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, HRM Bedford

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