© Geraldine Brophy
Judy Mahoney remains president of the NL West SPCA. Mahoney along with the rest of the board were elected by acclamation at the SPCA's annual general meeting on Wednesday, October at the College of the North Atlantic.
CORNER BROOK — Judy Mahoney is anxious to meet with city council and staff to discuss the possibility of moving into a part of its new shelter sooner rather than later.
The returning president of the NL West SPCA said she was as surprised as anybody to hear management tell the new council at its public meeting this week that the animal group was told it could move into a portion of the facility on the north shore of the Bay of Islands.
The city has requested architectural drawings to be submitted before the SPCA can move into the building they acquired officially nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The cost of hiring an engineering firm and completing that work is about an additional $30,000 with taxes included. That’s on top of the extra $100,000 or so the SPCA had been working to raise to complete the installation of the fire suppression system in the building.
On a continual basis since buying the property, representatives have extended the timeline to move into the new shelter. Following Wednesday’s annual general meeting, Mahoney — who is president of the board that was filled by acclamation, with the exception of two vacant director positions — said a date cannot be given for when they hope to move the animals from the dilapidated facility they are in.
It depends on fundraising she said, and it doesn’t help that additional costs keep finding their way into the books.
“It’s all about money, and we are doing all kinds of things to raise money — not only locally, but we are looking at grants from foundations,” she said. “Also, maybe there might be some help from the provincial government, I don’t know.”
Fundraising on par
During the annual general meeting, Mahoney said fundraising revenues have been on par with the average in the past number of years. With such a small local population to canvas, and so many worthy charities for people to contribute to, the challenge continues to be finding new and unique ways to make money.
It will eventually happen, assures the president, and the plans are monumental for when that does happen.
The development of a bark park is high on the priority list for that property. Lee Ann O’Reilly said there are many innovative ideas being discussed to increase revenue once in the new shelter — including dog training and classes, and seminars on animal nutrition and first-aid training. The possibility of a cat park is even being talked about.