Community fundraising remains important to SPCA

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Charity golf tournament organizers are seen outside of the Prince Albert SPCA with a truckload of donations and $10,366.50 in cash. 

Even though they’re celebrating the grand opening of their new facility on Saturday, fundraising remains integral to the Prince Albert SPCA’s operations.

 

“We’ve been in here now just a little bit over a month and we have a fairly good handle on how much it’s going to cost us to run this shelter, and it’s significant compared to the old one,” manager Debbie Lehner said on Monday.

Whereas their dilapidated old building on Exhibition Drive was owned by the city, their new facility on North Industrial Drive is SPCA-owned.

This means that everything, from power to maintenance, is now the SPCA’s responsibility.

On top of that is the fact that their location on North Industrial Drive necessitates the use of a septic tank and Greenland Waste Disposal services, which they now have to pay for.

They also have to pay a mortgage on their new building -- another bill new to the organization.

“We’re going to have to keep drawing on the community to keep supporting it,” Lehner said.

On Monday, one such community group gave the organization a leg up, with a cash donation of more than $10,000 and a pickup truck full of supplies.

The group banded together in memory of their friend Charlene “Charlie” Welch, who died as a result of cancer last year.

We’ve been in here now just a little bit over a month and we have a fairly good handle on how much it’s going to cost us to run this shelter, and it’s significant compared to the old one. Debbie Lehner

“She loved animals, and when she passed away, she wanted in lieu of flowers to go to the SPCA, so that’s what we did -- that’s how this started,” Holly Abrey-Hare explained after presenting the organization with the donation on Monday.

The money was raised through a recent golf tournament, during which 59 teams came together at Mark’s 9 Golf and Country Club.

“Our goal was $5,000, maybe $6,000, and we were shocked by our final number,” Abbey-Hare said, noting that various sponsors bolstered their effort.

In particular was the help of the family of Bonnie Pinel, who died after a battle with cancer, who donated her golf clubs for an action that raised $500.

Although the Prince Albert SPCA’s reliance on public fundraising remains prevalent, the organization has set up a handful of revenue-generating efforts to lessen the strain.

The Paw Print Inn Boarding Kennel next-door to the new facility is the first such effort and has been joined by a small retail space in the main shelter building as well as a pet crematorium.

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