PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA regional branches to join forces under provincial umbrella

Posted on: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


Nova Scotia (Nov. 25, 2014)
The Nova Scotia SPCA would like to announce the November 24, 2014 merger of its branches (Antigonish, Hants, La Baie, Lunenburg, Queens, Cape Breton, Colchester, Kings, Pictou, Yarmouth, and Provincial). This transformation allows the organization to be more strategic in the delivery of enhanced programs, gives increased ability to protect financial assets and provides better opportunity to grow provincial fundraising initiatives. “The merger is a collaborative effort between all of the SPCA Branches and the end result is a dissolution of individual branches currently registered under the Registry of Joint Stock Companies into branch divisions of the Nova Scotia SPCA under The Animal Protection Act” announces Elizabeth Murphy, Nova Scotia SPCA CEO.


“We recognize that donor contributions are the lifeblood of the organization and the Nova Scotia SPCA is committed to ensuring that every dollar of funding is used to protect and promote the well-being of animals.  The public will not necessarily see physical changes at their community branches as they will continue to carry out their day-to-day operations. Local community outreach, financial and volunteer support will be as vital as ever to ensure that as many animals in need as possible are benefitting from the life-saving work we do every day.  Branches will continue to have the ability to accept donor gifts and issue charitable tax receipts” says Murphy.


The Nova Scotia SPCA would like to remind the community that 100% of the money raised in their community stays in their community to help animals in need.


Following a “Vision for Change” motion passed by the Society and its branches in 2013we are now ready to implement financial processes that will provide strengthened controls and help create efficiencies at branch levels to limit financial risk ensuring the longevity of the Nova Scotia SPCA.  It is anticipated that all associated revisions to our governance documents will be in place for our 2015 Nova Scotia SPCA AGM.