SPCA still raising funds for building

Red Deer and District SPCA still needs to raise another $830,000 from the community for the construction of its new Animal Welfare and Humane Education Centre.

Red Deer and Dist. SPCA volunteers Jane Ming and Esther Bush look over the items in the SPCA silent auction at Parkland Mall on Thursday. Some of the items included in the auction are a candy bouquet

Red Deer and District SPCA still needs to raise another $830,000 from the community for the construction of its new Animal Welfare and Humane Education Centre.

Community donations and fundraising for the Building Pawsitive Futures capital campaign has reached $1.67 million. The target is $2.5 million.

“The building is coming along but we still have a bit of a way to go to raise funds to complete it,” said SPCA development officer Heidi Arbeau-Wood on Thursday.

She said the cost of the project has climbed to $4.2 million so it’s important to reach that $2.5 million community goal.

So far government has contributed $1.47 million.

Last November construction crews broke ground on the building directly west of the current quarters at 4505 77th St.

The bigger centre will double the capacity for homeless pets and provide more educational programming so more animals will have a chance to find a loving family.

Construction of the 12,300-square-foot facility is expected to be complete in the fall.

Right now, staff and animals are making due with the cramped site, which is poorly ventilated and operates with old furnaces.

The new shelter will have room for storage, offices, a training area and animal exercise rooms.

In addition to fundraising for the centre, the SPCA is also holding a silent auction and garage sale this month. Money raised by the annual events goes towards the SPCA’s operating costs.

The silent auction Critters For Hope started at Parkland Mall Thursday and runs until Sunday. People can bid on gift baskets donated by individuals and businesses. Bids close on Sunday at noon.

The Red Deer & District SPCA annual Garage Sale will be held on May 29, 30 and 31. Donated items can be dropped at 5237-54th St. (formerly All Sports Replay) starting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items can also be dropped off this month on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Clothing, computers and large appliances will not be accepted. For more information call Brenda at 403-309-6374 or SPCA at 403-342-7722.

For more information or to donate to Building Pawsitive Futures capital campaign go to www.reddeerspca.com

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Buccaneers battle Wolfpack in AFL semifinal

The Central Alberta Buccaneers battled the Calgary Wolfpack in the Alberta Football… Continue reading

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

FREDERICTON — Hundreds of people have lined the route of a funeral… Continue reading

Calgary police officer seriously injured

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says one of its officers was… Continue reading

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

MONTREAL — Canadian politicians are adding their voices to the international reaction… Continue reading

‘Four of a dozen kids will not make it:’ Tina Fontaine’s family healing together

WINNIPEG — Melissa Stevenson was just starting her career 18 years ago… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $16 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $16 million jackpot… Continue reading

Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

BERLIN — Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colours of the… Continue reading

Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge’s 43rd victim

GENOA, Italy — The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse (all times… Continue reading

1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital

ABUJA, Nigeria — An emergency response chief says one person is dead… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month