Renovation work at the BC SPCA in Quesnel is nearing completion. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Renovation work at the BC SPCA in Quesnel is nearing completion. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Renovation of the Quesnel Community Animal Centre is nearing completion

The BC SPCA shelter was shut down indefinitely in July after the roof collapsed

Renovations of the Quesnel SPCA are nearing completion with just a “final few checks” left to be done, confirmed an official from the animal shelter that was shut down indefinitely this past summer.

“Much work has been underway to ensure that the facility is safe for humans and animals to return,” said BC SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk.

A portion of the roof at the Quesnel Community Animal Centre at 1000 Carson Pit Road collapsed after heavy rainfall in July. As a result, SPCA facilities in Williams Lake and Prince George stepped up to take animals from the Quesnel area.

Read More: Quesnel SPCA closed indefinitely following roof collapse

“There are just a few final checks that need to be completed before we can re-enter the building,” said Chortyk while providing the update.

“These include confirmation that there is no potential for asbestos exposure from previously disturbed ceiling drywall (due to the roof leak) and ceiling penetrations, a mechanical service review of the propane system, a health and safety compliance check to ensure items such as our smoke detectors are functioning properly, and confirmation that the roof tarp is sealed sufficiently to prevent further roof leaks in the interim,” she added.

Chortyk said they are hoping to have these reviews carried out over the coming week and will be able to provide an update on timelines for potential re-entry once they are complete.

In the meantime, the SPCA is continuing to serve animals in the community through their pet food banks, spay/neuter voucher program, Drive for Lives animal transfer program and by housing community animals in need with the help of nearby SPCA shelters and its network of foster homes.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.