The Kings County Branch began because of a group of people who met around a kitchen table and decided to do something about helping homeless cats in Kings County. On April 17, 1990 the new Board of Directors signed on. In the early years, the Branch placed homeless animals in foster homes, held regular adoption days at a local mall and responded to calls for assistance through its network of volunteers. The Branch also offered Spay/Neuter certificates and medical assistance to those in need.
In 1990, the Board of Directors decided to start their campaign to raise sufficient funding to construct an animal shelter in Kings County. The Municipality of the County of Kings provided a 50 year lease on a 2.2 acre parcel of land in Waterville and a $5,000 grant to the fund raising account.
In 2007, sufficient funding was raised to commence construction and the building was completed in April, 2008. However, it wasn’t until June 2009 that supplies and equipment were in place and the Kings County SPCA Care Centre opened its doors. Since then, the building has been full to capacity with a new animal quickly replacing each one that has been adopted. Some stay longer than others but every one remains at the Care Center until the right family comes along.
While the main focus of the SPCA is to care for abandoned and/or abused animals it does accept family pets when space is available. Where possible a surrender fee is charged for these animals.
The Kings Branch offers Spay/Neuter Voucher and Medical Assist Programs to help those in financial need get their pets altered or cover the cost of emergency medical assessments or euthanasia. It also offers a TNR (trap/neuter/return) Program to those who have feral cat colonies on their property and wish to have the animals spayed/neutered to avoid increases in the colony population.
The Kings County Branch obtains the majority of its annual operational funds through donations of money, supplies and equipment, bequests and fundraising efforts. It receives minimal government funding and relies heavily on the generosity of the citizens of Kings County.
We support other community organizations by providing work term placements, community service opportunities for government program participants, assisting school students in meeting their community service credits and providing an opportunity for clients of the NS Rehabilitation Center to interact with animals and provide volunteer services.
We also provide information to the general public on proper animal care and animal legislation through media coverage, daily information radio ads and a weekly radio interview/animal profile, our website, newsletter, pamphlets/brochures and responding to email and telephone inquiries.