The SPCA has a rigorous selection process to make sure pets are placed with the right family.

The SPCA has a rigorous selection process to make sure pets are placed with the right family.

SPCA manger passionate about pets

Shawna Spencer, who has six pets adopted from the SPCA as well as other shelters, has been fond of animals for as long as she can remember.

“I have always felt a strong connection with the SPCA,” the Quesnel Branch Manager said.

“I believe in what they are doing to promote animal welfare in this world.”

Shawna Spencer, who has six pets adopted from the SPCA as well as other shelters, has been fond of animals for as long as she can remember.

“I have always felt a strong connection with the SPCA,” the Quesnel Branch Manager said.

“I believe in what they are doing to promote animal welfare in this world.”

To promote animal welfare, the SPCA takes in pets that cannot be taken care of properly by owners and sells them to a more suitable owner.

The SPCA has a rigorous process to screen possible applicants for adoption.

Applicants must understand how to care for their pet and must show the SPCA they are able to properly care for the new addition to their family.

Important steps in the care of a new pet include socialization, knowing what kind of food to get, proper food, training, identification, exercise, grooming and medical care.

New pets should be seen by the vet to make sure the pet is in good health. 

“Once your dog has had an initial visit with a vet, you may only need to return once a year for a regular check-up and vaccinations,” said Spencer.

“Consult with your vet clinic if your dog has any bumps, lumps, unusual skin problems such as red or raised skin, smelly ears, open wounds, refuses to eat, gains or loses excess weight or if you notice any other unusual physical condition,” she added.

At the SPCA, puppies are $200 and kittens are $115, which includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, deworming, tattoo or microchip, a bag of food and a goody bag with information and magazines.

Spaying and neutering is a very important step in the adoption process, it ensures fewer pets will end up in shelters.

It also reduces aggression, desire to roam and reduces the occurrence of certain kinds of cancer.

It is very important that puppies get enough exercise and most breeds should receive one to two hours a day.

Since they are a non-profit organization, the SPCA is always in need of help.

Food and monetary donations are always welcome.

“Since we are a non-profit organization, we rely on the help of the public to be able to keep our shelter running smoothly and provide the best possible care for the animals awaiting their forever home,” Spencer explained.

Volunteers can choose tasks such as walking the dogs, petting the cats and even yard and building maintenance.

To volunteer at the SPCA, you must have a current tetanus shot as well as a criminal record check done by the RCMP.

If you are interested in volunteering for the SPCA, volunteer forms are available at the shelter.