SPCA hiring despite closure

The BC SPCA is hiring in Vernon despite permanently closing its local facility last month.

The SPCA closed the building in November due to structural problems.

Community Animal Centers Senior Director Adrienne McBride says the new position is part of the change in how animals will be supported in Vernon.

“Instead of animals coming to physical facilities, we will have a community services coordinator in the community providing support to animals and pet owners,” says McBride.

At the time of the closure announcement, the SPCA stated that it remains committed to caring for the community's animals.

Services like the pet food bank and work with the North Okanagan Regional District are still operating, but are coordinated by the Salmon Arm and Kelowna SPCA locations. McBride says this is not a long-term solution, which is why the organization is looking to hire for Vernon's position.

“We’re still practicing and learning the needs of the community when we don’t have a physical shelter,” McBride said. “But eventually this service will be more integrated because we will have this individual working in Vernon.”

The position will work closely with community members and other social service agencies in the area, she says.

Advertised as a six-month position, McBride says the role is temporary because it's a brand-new role that's still being discovered. The SPCA intends for the position to be permanent, but it “made sense” to run it on a temporary basis while it is being tested and still evolving.

“We are very excited about this position and the opportunity for change and influence it has in Vernon and the Okanagan,” McBride said.

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