April 9, 2020
To: SPCA members, volunteers, foster network, donors, supporters and community members
As we all know, we are living in an unprecedented time. Most of us have not experienced a time when socializing and spending time with loved ones can pose a serious risk to our health. And it can be incredibly stressful and anxiety provoking for all. As inconvenient and uncomfortable as it is however, we are all responsible for stopping the devastation of this virus. At the MH SPCA, we are taking that responsibility seriously.
As a society whose main focus is to promote the welfare of animals, we have worked hard to maintain a level of our services to our communities while complying with public health mandates.
Shelter Hours: The Shelter is currently closed to the public. This difficult decision was made to protect both our staff and public. However, there is still work to be done and animals in our care. A minimal staffing model has been put into place and reception can be reached every day during the hours of Noon to 6pm.
Adoptions: We encourage potential adopters to see the adoptable animals through our website. To proceed with the adoption process, we ask the public to call the Shelter and the process will be facilitated through electronic channels. Once the adoption application is completed, visits with the animals can be booked, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our staff will work with people to find a convenient time. Appointments will be booked one at a time to limit risk. As of today, there are many felines and a couple of dogs waiting to meet their new families.
Our Foster Program: Most of our canine friends have been welcomed into foster families which we are very grateful for. Our need for foster placements for cats will be increasing very soon; anyone who can assist with this is asked to call the Shelter.
Relinquishing Animals: In this current climate, the SPCA will be accepting owner relinquished animals on an urgent basis only. Please call the Shelter if more information is needed.
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program: In alignment with our veterinarian services, this program has been suspended until further notice.
Donations: We are still gratefully accepting donations. Any members in our communities that are able to support the SPCA, are encouraged to call for details on the best way to do so.
The Board of Directors thank our hard working and dedicated staff who continue to show their commitment to the communities we serve throughout this pandemic.
Anna Marie, Richard, Sharon & Kimberley
Medicine Hat SPCA Board of Directors