PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA Receives Generous Bequest from Yarmouth’s Dyke Family

Posted on: Monday, June 27th, 2016

(Yarmouth) June 27, 2016 – With the passing of Eleanor Dyke on December 1, 2014 and with the generous

support of her family, the Nova Scotia SPCA Yarmouth Animal Shelter has been gifted over $800,000.

“The Dyke family and their animal friends have had a long history with western Nova Scotia.  The family jewelry store was a prominent fixture on Main Street in Yarmouth for over a hundred years.  In the days of horse and buggy, C.F. Dyke’s pet parrot would yell “giddy-up” at the horses and share some colourful insights learned on the street.  More recently Holly & Thistle, Eleanor and Dick’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, would greet visitors with a friendly wag whether at the store or at home — they went everywhere together”, reminisced Eleanor’s son Richard Dyke.  Mr. Dyke goes on to say that “Eleanor and Dick, after retirement, remained active in support of many community groups and organizations but were especially concerned about the lack of care options for stray animals.  With the support of family members they left a generous gift of financial support for the local SPCA.”

The Nova Scotia SPCA has already put to good use some of the donation made by the Dyke family and today made an announcement saying that “The Nova Scotia SPCA has been very fortunate to receive significant bequests which have allowed us to secure the equipment and operating costs needed to support the dream of a Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic that can serve the Tri-County Area” commented Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA.  Ms. Murphy goes on to say that “This generous legacy gift from the Dyke family means that many more positive changes are in store for our Yarmouth Animal Shelter.  In the near future we will be focusing on improving the facility to make it more accessible to the public with meaningful changes which will make a big difference to stray, lost, abandoned and injured cats and dogs in the community”

Communities around the province can expect to see the Nova Scotia SPCA’s very distinct Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic running the roads performing surgeries for cat colonies, attending local community events and participating in parades.  The Nova Scotia SPCA will not be charging the public fees to use the SPCA Mobile Clinic Services but rather will work with provincial, municipal governments and community groups to raise funds to help meet the needs of un-owned animals living around the province and in SPCA shelters.

IMG_3815Richard and the Mobile Unit


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