The Branch was formed in 1989 as the Lunenburg/Queens Branch. Lots of activities were undertaken to get the name recognized and publicised.
Queens formed their own Branch in the summer of 1994.
We have continued to work to get recognition and to educate the public about our role in animal welfare. To do this, volunteers participate in outreach activities in malls, veterinarians offices, and hold fundraising events.
An annual Yard Sale has been held every year since 1990. This continued until three years ago when we were able to hold it in the 4H Barn at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater.
It took a while but a foster network has been created to look after the animals that we take into our care.
Lunenburg is a large County and distances have caused challenges for the volunteers.
Today the Branch is pleased to be able to offer help with spaying and neutering through our “Margaret Garland Fund”. The launch of the program targeted an area and spayed or neutered over 60 animals. The Branch intends to continue targeting areas where there are large concentrations of animals to curb overpopulation.
The Branch uses various methods to inform the public of the animals that are available for adoption including posters in stores around Bridgewater and Lunenburg, which are updated monthly; paid ads in the local papers; radio PSAs on local radio; Petfinder (Kijiji), Facebook; and through Adopt-a-thons in local pet food stores.