The Grande Prairie & District SPCA has decided to dissolve.
The organization has faced major financial hurdles over recent years and despite fundraising efforts over the last year, moving forward was not a viable option.
They had been in operation since 1972.
“All our fundraising efforts was to keep the shelter open,” said James Kostuk, President of the Grande Prairie & District SPCA. “The SPCA still owns the building, so we still have expenses to pay out. Basically, those fundraising dollars helped buy us a little time.”
The SPCA still has some debt, however, the value of their assets far outweighs their debt.
Kostuk adds he has many fond memories over his time with the organization.
“My mom and father, were some of the early pioneers of the SPCA. So, as a child the SPCA has always been near and dear to my heart. It’s sad to see it go, but in order to move forward and take care of our animals in this city, it needs to happen so that we can get a shelter back in Grande Prairie.”
The Peace Regional Animal Care Centre, Bandaged Paws, In The Woods Animal Rescue and Edmonton Humane Society has assisted with providing shelter for local animals in need, and will continue to do so.
The Grande Prairie & District SPCA extends thanks to everyone who has supported them over the past 45 years, including both the City and County of Grande Prairie.