Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Moncton SPCA nominated for national award

From the Moncton SPCA website:

"For the second year in a row, the Moncton SPCA has been nominated for a national award from the Summit for Urban Animal Strategies.

This year, the Moncton SPCA -- the largest shelter east of Montreal -- has been nominated in the Animal Re-homing category along with two other Canadian shelters. Click here for the official news release.

Some of the Moncton SPCA’s achievements over the past year mentioned by the nominating committee include:

- Implemented changes to the quality of housing the animals in their care, including new kennel fronts to lessen the spread of disease in kittens;
- Currently renovating outdoor kennels in order to improve the living conditions of their dogs, increase kennel space and make it much more pleasing to the public;
- Successful completion of a pilot project with Mount Allison University to establish a residence on campus that will act as a foster home to select animals where they can live in a home environment. This allows the animals to work on behaviour issues and therefore increase their chances of adoption. The program is running again at Mount Allison in 2009-2010;
- Increased visitation areas where animals can spend time with potential adopters;
- Increased public awareness through avenues that allow them to promote the shelter and the animals within (new website, active in social media — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, heavy promotion by local radio stations such as C103);
- Daily spotlights in the Moncton Times & Transcript about animals up for adoption;
- First very successful adopt-a-thon held.

We are grateful and humbled by this nomination. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2009, in Lake Louise, Alberta."

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