BC SPCA to close Vernon shelter due to unsafe construction issues – Okanagan

The BC SPCA branch in Vernon will permanently close its doors on Friday.

In a statement posted on its website, the SPCA said the closure was related to the building – not the animals – since the branch building is located on the city’s former landfill.

“Due to a number of ongoing concerns related to the structural integrity of the Vernon Community Animal Center, the BC SPCA has made the difficult decision to permanently close the facility to the public, effective November 17.”

The SPCA says it is committed to meeting animal welfare needs in the North Okanagan, but the Vernon building is unsafe.

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“We are aware of growing concerns related to the building’s foundation, walls and ceiling, but a recent inspection by a structural engineer also revealed significant issues with the roof that would jeopardize the safety of staff, volunteers, animals and members of the a*sociation. the public is at risk if we continue to operate from the facility,” said Craig Daniell, executive director of the BC SPCA.

“Simply repairing the roof would not be a viable solution for the long-term future of the building, as the over 35-year-old building is located on a former landfill, causing the roof to sag and crack. facility. »

PKBNEWS reached out to the BC SPCA to see if the closure is permanent or temporary – will they be looking for a new building for the foreseeable future?

Meanwhile, Daniell said many of the programs and services the SPCA provides in Vernon are already regionally based and it is exploring ways to support the city.

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Any animals remaining in Vernon will be transferred to animal centers in other communities, such as Salmon Arm and Kelowna.

“The decision to permanently close the Vernon Community Animal Center was a very difficult one and was not taken lightly,” the BC SPCA said.

“Ultimately, we had to think about the well-being of our staff, our volunteers and, most importantly, the animals in our care, both in the short and long term.”

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