YARMOUTH - The Nova Scotia SPCA’s new Dyke Family Animal Clinic in Yarmouth received $10,486 on July 19 from a small group of women who raised funds for cat spays and neuters over the past six years.
Operation Cat SNIP is dissolving its organization and donating the balance of its assets to the like-minded charity.
Former president Virginia Stoddard says their organization has worked hard, fundraising through various activities, including an annual “spayghetti” dinner.
The funds raised were used to assist people who couldn’t afford to have their pets spayed or neutered.
“Sometimes it was a cat that they were feeding, or a stray,” said Stoddard.
Those requiring assistance filled out an application and usually 80 to 90 per cent of the cost of the operation was supplemented.
“After six years I think we were getting a little worn out. With this development of the SPCA it became a better fit for us to work with the SPCA and turn our assets over,” said Stoddard.
“We wanted assurance that help would (continue to) be given to those families that couldn’t afford it and we were assured that it would be.
“It’s a nice ending for us, but the work continues,” she said.
Over the past six years Operation Cat SNIP has spayed/neutered 585 cats on its own A final 15 were booked through the SPCA Dyke Family Animal Clinic.
“That’s a very good average – 100 cats a year. That was our goal and we really didn’t think we’d ever be able to fundraise enough for 100 cats a year, with some money left over,” said former secretary/treasurer Frieda Perry.
More about the SPCA Dyke Family Animal Clinic in Yarmouth
Renovations continue at the Yarmouth SPCA building, thanks to a portion of the $800,000 bequeathed to the organization in 2016 by the late Eleanor Dyke and her family. A grand opening of the clinic is planned for this fall.
The new clinic will provide extensive medical care for all SPCA-owned animals, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets owned by low-income families and support for individuals and groups caring for colonies of feral cats.