Construction within sight for new animal shelter in Melfort

By Nigel Maxwell
August 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

There could be some building activity happening soon in a large, grassy field on the northwest end of Melfort.

Crews have marked off the construction lines for the future home of the Northeast SPCA Harry and Eve Vickar shelter. Board Chairperson Pat Schiels told northeastNOW it's very exciting to see the project come to fruition.

"I think when we first started fundraising we thought the money would come so easy, but we found it's really tough to raise that much money," she said.

The committee initially set a goal in 2013 to raise $250,000 but faced with higher costs, raised their projection to $500,000. As of this week they have raised just over $435,000.

"We do have some money that Kerry Vickar is going to give us as soon as we break ground so that'll bring us over the $500,000," Schiels said.

Schiels said she is unsure when the actual construction will begin and end, but added she hopes to be in the building by the winter. The 5,000 sq. ft. facility will feature 15 longer term kennels for the dogs, five isolation spaces, and 40 spaces for cats. Schiels, who also manages Comfy Kennels, said there is a big need in the community for a larger space for stray dogs and cats.

"I know our pound is always full and plus the other vet in town takes in some and just does it out of his pocket," she said.


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