While it’s great that a second animal rescue organization is starting up in Bay. St. George, the sad part is there is a need for another shelter for the area and another animal rescue organization.
A group of concerned people are working on starting up the Southwest Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stephenville. This is in addition to the already established Society for the Care and Protection of Animals.
People are cruel to animals; that’s a sad fact. And while they likely comprise a minority, the damage they do to a cat or dog can sometimes scar the animal for life and result in the animal’s death.
Sometimes there are people who adopt a pet without realizing how much is involved in caring for it. When they feel they are in too deep, they discard the animal.
For now the organization is fostering animals and trying to assist with their care through providing food and paying veterinarian bills, but the larger picture is to have a shelter, which the organization is working towards.
It’s difficult for a group starting out to raise enough money to acquire a building and property large enough for outdoor pens while also rescuing and taking care of discarded pets.
Those involved seem to be determined to make this new SPCA operation a reality and are to be commended for wanting to take care of helpless animals and hopefully have lots of them adopted out to caring families.
Hopefully people will be able to help out both animal rescue organizations in Stephenville as the Society for the Care and Protection of Animals, which was once an SPCA, have been established in the town serving the Bay St. George area for a long while.
Gwen Samms and her volunteers have saved and adopted out a lot of pets through the years.
Gail Langdon got it right with The Amanda Project, named in memory of her daughter who was a huge animal lover and volunteer, as she is dispersing money raised in Amanda’s honour to three groups, including the two based in Stephenville and the SPCA in Corner Brook.
Unfortunately the need is there, but fortunately there are still lots of people who care and the establishment of another animal rescue group provides that proof.