Saturday, August 15, 2009

Kings SPCA shelter open - at last - for permanent care, adoption and advocacy


Belle Darris admits the Kings SPCA isn’t ready to be open, but August 4 was the long-awaited shelter’s big day.

“We weren’t ready in June when we took in seized animals, but if we waited ‘til we were ready, we’d never be ready - there is such a need.”

The president of the local association and the new shelter manager, Chelsea Campbell, along with a couple of volunteers; were busy right from the 2 p.m. opening, showing off eight 11-week-old kittens ready to go from a June 26 Port Williams seizure and 17 adult cats that came in from a provincial seizure June 24 that needed a temporary home.

“We’re open,” says Darris, adding the SPCA’s past adoption days will no longer take place. The shelter is now open Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All animals available for adoption, and paperwork, are listed on the website.

Two summer students are adding to the association’s ability to get the shelter in working order, doing maintenance and assisting with animal care. A rota of volunteers, though, could use some more people.."