In the past couple of months, Donna Luther says optimism is peaking at NL West SPCA about getting into its new animal shelter.
There is still much work revolving around the installation of the fire suppression system and cosmetics to the facility on the north shore of the Bay of Islands, but the plan is taking shape.
Luther is cautiously optimistic the doors will open to the shelter portion of the facility sometime next spring. Since the building located on Route 440 between the Mount Patricia Cemetery and the Wild Cove landfill site was bought, a number of targets dates for the move have passed. The new president hopes this one is different.
“It will be a great space to bring the animals to,” Luther said. “It will be a great spot for visitors and for staff. It will be cleaner, safer and a better working environment. Of course, definitely a better place for the animals.”
The well for the system must be calibrated to determine how much flow is in it. Then a pump must be purchased to connect the well to the suppression system. Next up will be an alarm.
That will get the organization into the portion of the building to house the animals. They will be renting space for the city pound and to Pet Palace, which requires additional renovations, said Luther.
The estimated cost on the installation for the building purchased in spring 2012 for $200,000 was about $225,000. Fundraising efforts continue to get this work done in order to obtain the occupancy permit from the city.
The SPCA has started a Harley Davidson ticket draw, and recently received a $20,000 donation from Locke’s Electrical. Events such as Thursday’s yard sale continue to raise money for operational costs such as oil and vet bills, food and other supplies.
The current location in the Curling area of the city has been dilapidated for years and is insufficient to meet the demand. Luther said it is holding up through the delay, and that the city has been instrumental in making sure that’s the case.
“We pick up the phone and call them, and they are there,” she said. “They fix whatever needs to be fixed. We have been very fortunate to have them on our side.”