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SPCA introducing new program for workplaces

Workplaces now have the opportunity to spend time with some furry friends during work hours with the Lloydminster SPCA’s Corporate Volunteer Program. Employers can choose from a cat or dog from the shelter to come into the office and spend a maximum of an hour with their employees.

Executive Director Jon Punshon says as of late they have been seeing a variety of businesses contacting them about volunteering hours and ways to get involved with the community. He says the program combines both and also gives the animals a break from the shelter.

“It’s a chance for the dogs or cats to get out of the shelter and get some enrichment with different situations and different groups of people. It’s time for the dog or cat to visit the office, get some extra attention and gives a nice break for the employees there to boost morale a little bit.”

The workplace has to have a minimum of three people and a maximum of 10 people to take part in the program. Punshon says not only does this benefit the animal it also allows the SPCA to spread the word on some of their other programs.

“We can talk about corporate membership because that is a great way to get involved with the SPCA as well or even talking with the company about setting up a matching donation where staff can contribute and the company does a matching donation.”

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The program is free to take part in and people wanting to get involved can visit the SPCA’s website.

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