Tuesday night, the BCSPCA presented their operations report to the joint planning committee.
The BCSPCA’s mission is “to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.”
Their vision statement is to “inspire and mobilize society to create a world in which all animals enjoy, as minimum, five essential freedoms.”
These freedoms are:
• Freedom from hunger and thirst;
• Freedom from pain, injury and disease;
• Freedom from distress;
• Freedom from discomfort;
• Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.
The SPCA reported their figures to the joint planning committee, which showed a slight decrease in number of animals coming into the facility, dropping from 816 in 2011 to 801 in 2012.
The Quesnel and District SPCA also showed a decrease in adoptions, 548 animals were adopted in 2011 and 515 in 2012.
The SPCA received 100 separate calls about complaints of animal cruelty, of which 79 required investigation by their cruelty department.
In terms of community outreach, the Quesnel and District SPCA worked with the Seasons House, Salvation Army and set up educational booths.
Youth involvement is important to the SPCA and in 2012, they held classroom presentations, worked with the girl guides and held a summer camp for kids.
2012 saw the SPCA holding their annual Paws for a Cause event, at which they raised $2595.30.
Although they raised some money, the SPCA is still facing deficit.
In 2010, they ran at a $42,852 deficit, in 2011 they saw a $85,166 operating deficit and in 2012, the SPCA faced an estimated $105,000 operating deficit.
A full report can be viewed at https://quesnel.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=34298.