FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC SPCA says the North Peace Branch is continuing its services for animals in need in Fort St. John while a structural review of its building is being carried out.

“We had recently engaged consultants to make recommendations regarding a potential expansion and upgrade to our North Peace shelter to support our services for animals in the community,” says Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA.

“During an inspection of the facility, some concerns were identified regarding the structural condition of the facility.”

Daniell says the society has temporarily closed the facility out of “an abundance of caution” to ensure the safety of staff, animals, volunteers, and residents visiting the shelter.

“Our services have continued, and we remain committed to serving the needs of North Peace animals and pet guardians,” Daniell added.

Daniell says the society is engaging a structural engineer to provide a detailed facility assessment.

“Once we receive the structural report, we will be in a better position to assess next steps and how we can best serve animals in the community.”

The society says during the temporary closure, animals are being cared for by foster families and at off-site kenneling locations.

They add that calls have been redirected, and voicemails are received via the branch email to ensure staff working off-site can respond to animal-related issues in the community.

Those with general enquiries or animal control issues can call 250.785.7722.

To report suspected animal cruelty or neglect, call 1-855-662-7722.

 

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