630 animals were adopted from the Lloydminster and District SPCA in 2017, which is a 2 per cent increase from 2016.
The SPCA held their Annual General Meeting Tuesday to discuss the successes of the past year, along with the areas of improvement.
One of the new strategies that was implemented for the year was managed admissions, which limits the number of animal coming into the shelter through a longer wait list. SPCA Executive Director Jon Punshon says that the new practice helps open up space for animals that actually need their help.
“So to see the decline in the number of animals that were brought into the shelter, but still an increase in the number that were adopted out speaks volumes to the work that we’re doing and that people are still coming to the SPCA to get their next pet.”
971 animals were admitted to the shelter, which is a decrease of 157 animals compared to 2016.
Punshon says that pet licensing is something that they would like to see grow for 2018. There were 666 licenses sold, 197 for cats and 469 for dogs.
“We’re working really hard to spread the word and the importance of licensing. It’s a long ways to go, but we continue to make every effort possible to achieve that I think it’s patience and over time.”
The SPCA raised over $160,00 in 2017 through various community fundraisers and donations.