PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA Receives Generous Bequests to Purchase Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic

Posted on: Monday, June 27th, 2016

(Dartmouth) June 27, 2016 – With the passing of Dr. Susan Roberts on April 2, 2013 and Mrs. Eleanor Dyke on December 1, 2014, the Nova Scotia SPCA has been gifted with over $2.1 million.  With their most thoughtful generosity and with the support of both the Roberts and Dyke families, the SPCA is very proud to celebrate all that their gifts are offering to so many needy animals across the province.

Dr. Susan Roberts passed away April 2, 2013 and Eleanor Dyke passed away December 1, 2014.  It is through the generosity of these two individuals and the support of their families that they left the Nova Scotia SPCA over $2.1 Million Dollars.

Raymond Roberts, Dr.  Roberts’ Brother said that “Susan was a very kind and generous person and was especially concerned with all little ‘beings’ of the world.  She organized and raised funds for two dental missions to Guatemala to repair children’s teeth in orphanages, which she found extremely rewarding. She also organized special parties and games to delight her grandnieces. Her love of her pet dachshunds was renown.  It is in their honor that she provided an In Memorium donation to the SPCA and she would be very pleased with how the Nova Scotia SPCA is putting her gift to good use.”

Eleanor Dyke’s son Richard recalls that “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 CF 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.”  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 Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA made an announcement saying that “We have been very fortunate to receive significant bequests which have allowed us to secure the equipment needed to support the dream of a Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic that will travel to communities around the Province.  The Nova Scotia SPCA will not be charging the public fees for use of the SPCA Mobile Clinic Services but rather will continue to work with provincial, municipal governments and community groups to raise funds to help meet the needs of unowned animals living around the province and in SPCA shelters.”


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