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SPCA board split up duties to keep shelter moving forward

The Lloydminster SPCA is back to business as usual after losing an executive director forced some changes.

Community Outreach Manager Becca Lawrence says without the executive director, board members have divided the responsibilities to keep the SPCA running the same.

“They’ve seen a few more things that we probably could have done without or we could have changed earlier. I think with them being a little more involved it probably is more stressful but they’ve helped us be stronger in those fields as well. We have been able to take on that responsibility and not overwhelm them either.”

Lawrence says the organization trying to find ways to have funds come in more consistently.

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“We’re trying to figure out ways where we can set up something and know exactly what’s going to come in every month.”

While some changes were made at the board level, the shelter continues to run the same with a regular amount of animals being taken in and adopted.

The SPCA has seen a small decrease in cat and kitten adoptions. Last year there were 220 adult cats adopted while in 2019 there was 208. There were 10 fewer adoptions for kittens this year compared to 2018.

Lawrence says she hopes to get more volunteers involved in the day-to-day operations of the shelter.

“We’ve started looking at getting potentially volunteers to come in and help clean or even more responsibility on the work side. I would love to start a birthday program and have volunteers help with that. It’s definitely something we’re looking at is getting the volunteers more involved.”

A new building for the shelter is always in the works but with some of the setbacks from last year, the timeline may be pushed further.

“We’ve been bumping around a few ideas and worked with the dinner theatre on it but there’s nothing set in stone right now.”

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