June 21, 2016 (Cape Breton) – Cat and dog overpopulation in the Eskasoni community is going to be tackled through a new partnership between the Nova Scotia SPCA and Eskasoni First Nation.
Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA, calls the building of this partnership a success.
“The Nova Scotia SPCA’s goal is to help the residents of the Eskasoni First Nation meet the animal care needs of their pets. The services we will provide include spay & neuter for those animals most in need through our SPCA Cape Breton Animal Hospital and accepting surrender of community dogs roaming the area by taking them in to our Sydney Animal Shelter prior to being rehomed.” Ms. Murphy goes on to say that “another priority for the Nova Scotia SPCA is the care and treatment of any Feral Cat Colonies on the reserve which will be visited by our New Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic later this summer.”
In 2014 members of the Eskasoni community contacted and met with SPCA staff to discuss a partnership that could help community animals, particularly to help in controlling their companion animal population. “Eskasoni First Nation is happy to partner with the SPCA to help improve animal services in the community. The partnership is going to be a great support to members of the Eskasoni community and the animals” stated Chief Leroy Denny.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is making the health of companion animals and large cat colonies in rural areas a priority particularly where services are not readily accessible.
This Friday, June 24 2016, the Nova Scotia SPCA will be on the Eskasoni Reserve speaking with community members. “We are excited to participate in this project” says Jo Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector. “This Friday, as we introduce the SPCA to the Eskasoni community we will be providing free vet checks and speaking with the families of Eskasoni to sort out how best to meet the needs of the animals on the reserve.”
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 local animals in need.
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