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Representatives of Western Financial Group present a $5,000 cheque to the Prince Albert SPCA on behalf of their charity wing, the Western Communities Foundation. From left to right: Western Financial Group insurance advisor/broker Stacey Smith, SPCA director of development Carol Samuels and Western Financial Group manager Kale Harnett.
The Prince Albert SPCA is one step closer to covering the costs of its new shelter, thanks to a $5,000 donation from Western Financial Group.
On Wednesday, company representatives presented a $5,000 cheque to SPCA director of development Carol Samuels on behalf of their charity wing, the Western Communities Foundation.
“Our specific office had the choice … I adopted an animal this summer and I saw the facilities that (the SPCA) are currently working with,” manager Kale Harnett said.
“We just know that they’re really good people and really are deserving of this new facility, so anything we can do to help.”
Samuels said that the donation would go towards covering general costs for the new facility, which remains under construction.
“Where it’s needed most I think is where we’ll use it, just to finish off,” she said.
Workers have recently begun painting the interiors and adding finishing touches such as walkways and benches in the cat rooms. While staff members continue to purchase new furniture, work remains to be done on flooring and heating at the facility.
The total cost for the overall project is $3.2 million over three phases. The establishment of the Paw Print Inn boarding kennel and Central Bark, the community’s only off-leash dog park, constituted the first two phases, while the construction of the new SPCA shelter represents the third.
We just know that they’re really good people and really are deserving of this new facility, so anything we can do to help. Kale Harnett
“We’re still looking for about $150,000,” Samuels said. “Some of the pledges are over a few years, so we are going to have to carry a bit of a mortgage. But the community’s been so great at just helping us get to this point that there isn’t much left to carry, and as we do our fundraisers and other things, that’ll come about.
“So we're not concerned. We’re just really, really happy with the support we’ve received to date.”
Depending on weather and the pace of construction, the SPCA is now hoping to complete the project by the end of March or early April.
“We’ve pushed it back a couple of times, but we knew that was going to happen,” Samuels said.
“It was sort of, ‘OK, here’s the best case and then here’s reality,’ and we’re good with that.”