Saving lives with your help A PRESENTATIONContact: Kristin WilliamsExecutive Director, NS SPCA BY THEPhone: 902-835-4798x228 NOVA SCOTIA SPCAEmail: Kwilliams@spcans.caWebsite: www.spcans.ca
The Nova Scotia SPCA Who is the SPCA? What do we do?Protecting animals from cruelty since 1877, We are the last line of defense for animalsthe Nova Scotia SPCA is a registered charity, in need in the province of Nova Scotia.comprised of a network of Branches, which In 2010, we investigated 1,265 allegationsrelies primarily on volunteers and donations of cruelty, neglect and abuse. Every month,to fund animal protection; care and approximately 1,500 calls are received atrehabilitation; advocacy; and humane the Provincial Office of the Society.education. The SPCA and its network of Branches takeThe Act to Protect Animals and to Aid in thousands of animals each year throughAnimals that are in Distress mandates the cruelty investigations, or as stray orSociety to enforce animal cruelty laws, surrendered animals. Our objective is tomaking the Nova Scotia SPCA unique among ensure that displaced animals get a secondanimal welfare organizations in the province. chance at a loving forever home.
Mission and VisionMISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Nova Scotia SPCA is toprevent abuse, neglect and cruelty toanimals, and provide for province-wideleadership on matters that promote andimprove the welfare of all animals throughanimal protection; care and rehabilitation;humane education; advocacy andengagement and collaboration withstakeholders.VISION STATEMENTThe vision of the Nova Scotia SPCA is thatNova Scotia be a No Kill province and asafe place for all animals with zerotolerance for animal cruelty.
Our Structure Governance The NetworkThe Nova Scotia SPCA has the privilege of being the SPCA Provincial Officehigh-level governance body for all SPCAs in Nova SPCA Provincial Animal ShelterScotia, as well as the agency responsible for cruelty Cape Breton SPCAinvestigation province-wide. Antigonish SPCAThis structure enables the Nova Scotia SPCA to have LaBaie SPCAa positive impact on the lives of animals across the Yarmouth SPCAprovince through standardized policies and programs Hants SPCAand collaborative initiatives. Kings SPCAThe SPCA has direct oversight responsibilities for 10 Lunenburg SPCAfinancially independent Branches, which offer intake Queens SPCAand adoption services. The Provincial Office Colchester SPCAoversees all cruelty investigations and the Provincial Pictou SPCAAnimal Shelter in Dartmouth intakes nearly 100% ofanimals affected by cruelty, neglect or abuse.
Accomplishments 2010 Highlights1. A strengthened provincial network of Branches2. Standardized provincial policies and procedures3. Increased responsiveness in the field4. Increased training for the inspectorate and animal care workers5. Improved interagency cooperation and greater engagement with stakeholders6. The development of standards of care for companion animals based on published veterinary codes of practice7. The introduction of new evidence and science based educational materials, white papers and position statements8. An enhanced and respected profile with members, donors, government, veterinarians, media and industry * The SPCA won two international industry awards in 2010 for Wellness and Education programs.
StatisticsANIMAL CARE• Over 70% of intake is owner or public surrender• Live release rates increased from 65% in 2009 to 83% in 2010 and 88% in the first quarter of 2011.• Annual intake between 6,000-8,000 animalsCRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS• 18,000 calls per year• 1,200 to 1,500 investigations per year• Only 2 provincial investigators for the entire province• An annual operating budget of $500,000• $3,000 in government funding
Our No Kill ModelCREATIVE STRATEGIES THAT SAVE LIVESThe guiding principles of the SPCA’s No Killmodel focuses on increasing live releaserates with a commitment of attaining arecord of 90% or higher.All healthy and medically treatable animalswill be given every opportunity foradoption and euthanasia will be reservedonly for reasons of mercy or aggression.Killing for space is not an option.In 2010, the Society embraced no kill witha number of creative lifesaving solutions.In the fall of 2010, we earned twointernational industry awards the areas ofeducation and wellness.Here are some examples of our programs:
Our No Kill ModelCREATIVE STRATEGIES THAT SAVE LIVESTransfer system: we transfer animalsaround the province to alleviate intakepressures and ensure that every animalhas a chance for a speedy adoption.Pictured here is our first transfer fromCape Breton to Halifax!Municipalities: we are working withindividual municipalities and the Union ofNova Scotia Municipalities to determineways to close the gaps in services and helpmore animals. In the Town of Windsor, weeffectively introduced an adoption pact,where unclaimed animals are assured theopportunity to be adopted by the SPCA,where they otherwise may have beeneuthanized for space.
Our No Kill ModelCREATIVE STRATEGIES THAT SAVE LIVESPalliative care foster program: weintroduced a program that helps senioranimals and those with compromisedhealth live out their years in the comfortand loving environment of a home.Outreach spay and neuter: we are workingwith low income families to offer low costspay neuter services to assist with curbingoverpopulation. Overpopulation directlyaffects the cycle of neglect, abuse andcruelty. It also directly affects shelterpopulation.
Our No Kill ModelCREATIVE STRATEGIES THAT SAVE LIVESGirl Guides Challenge: Our expandedprogram saw more than 1,600 ladies learnmore about responsible and humaneanimal care of animals in 2010-2011. Wehad participation from across Canada andwe even had a group from Germany takepart! Pictured here are the Guides ofAntigonish!Superior animal care protocols: Parvovirus is a very serious illness that almostalways results in euthanasia. We haveintroduced a protocol which is allowing forthe successful treatment of Parvo inshelter dogs. Faith is pictured here beforeand after her successful treatment.
Collaboration is Critical to Our Success Atlantic NetworkThe Nova Scotia SPCA is leading efforts on acollaborative project involving the AtlanticProvinces and their respective Humane Societiesand SPCAs. Current partners include: the NewBrunswick SPCA, the Fredericton SPCA, The PEIHumane Society, the Moncton SPCA and the SPCAof Newfoundland and Labrador. This Network willbe focusing on sharing ideas, growing the networkand exploring efficiencies and cost sharing.Commitments for 2011 include an Atlantic transfersystem (to alleviate intake pressures) and areciprocal adoption program.
Collaboration is Critical to Our SuccessPartners in WelfareThe Nova Scotia SPCA works closely with agencies,associations and government. Each has a role toplay in the protection of animals. One of the waysthat we ensure that we can address gaps in servicesexperienced by the public and the companionanimal population is to take a collaborativeapproach to our mandate. The only way to achievea more compassionate Nova Scotia is if we worktogether.
Our Area of Greatest NeedProvincial Cruelty InvestigationsIn 2010, we received over 18,000 callsregarding the welfare of animals. We aremandated to enforce cruelty laws, but relyon donations to carry out our duties.The Society struggles with resources,managing vast geography and the limits oflegislation. With all considered, our recordin the courts is exemplary, with themajority of those accused pleading guiltyon their first appearance!Cruelty investigations continues to be thearea of our operations that struggles toachieve profile . It is our area of greatestneed. Here are some of our stories:
Our Area of Greatest NeedProvincial Cruelty InvestigationsCase #1A clothesline wire was wrapped tightlyaround a dog’s nose and neck and the dogwas left in a shed in pain and suffering.The owner was found guilty and issued a 5year ban.Due to the strength of the case, the ownerpled guilty at the first appearance.The dog has since found a new loving,forever home.
Our Area of Greatest NeedProvincial Cruelty InvestigationsCase #227 pure bred huskies were found indeplorable conditions at the hands of anirresponsible breeder.The accused pled guilty on the firstappearance and covered all vet costs.The sentence included an ownership ban.Many of the dogs have already foundloving forever homes and some are infoster care learning how to be pets again.
Our Area of Greatest NeedProvincial Cruelty InvestigationsCase #3The Society removed 72 cats from adwelling only to return a short time laterto remove 33 more cats and 5 dogs.The party pled guilty on the firstappearance and was given a 10 year banon ownership.The animals that were saved found lovingforever homes.
Critical Issues in Canada 2011 IS THE YEAR OF THE CAT Provincial SPCAs/Humane Societies are collaborating with veterinarians and industry to bring awareness to the needs of cats to improve their health, safety and value within our communities.1. Cruelty, neglect and abuse towards cats is under reported2. Hoarding of cats is on the rise3. Cats have little to no protection under the law; municipal, provincial or federal4. The cat population continues to rise: owned, stray (abandoned/lost) and feral (wild) are reproducing at alarming rates5. Shelters, rescues and trap, neuter and return groups are taxed with limited capacity and resources6. Only limited donor dollars are supporting initiatives to address this growing dilemma
At Home in… Hoarding Stray and Feral Cats Crowded Shelters The most disturbing trend in Nova Scotia is hoarding. Hoarding is something that the Society struggles to deal with because of the lack of resources and infrastructure to address the complexity of these cases that involve both human and animal victims.
Trends within Animal WelfareCOMMON COMPLAINTS1. Backyard breeders and brokers (mill operations)2. Animals not provided with suitable or adequate food, water orshelter3. Animals suffering from neglect4. Animals not protected from injurious weather or conditionsthat may cause injury5. Animals suffering injury or disease and not provided withveterinary care6. Animals confined, tethered or abandoned
Donor Dollars at WorkDonor dollars make up the majority of the Society’srevenues.The annual funding commitment from the provincialgovernment to support cruelty investigations is $3,000.A budget of $996,356.60 supports provincial crueltyinvestigations and animal care.** Each regional Branch has a separate incrementaloperational budget and relies on donations to offerintake and adoption services.
Corporate SupportIn addition to the generosity of individual donors,the SPCA partners with corporations to helpalleviate operational costs.Many new partners have joined our community ofsupport, including IAMs, Petsecure, Boehringer andO’Regan’s to name a few.
2011 Revenues 0.30% 7.01% 4.92% Revenue Government $3,000.00 0.30% Government Carry Over From 2010 $69,875.00 7.01% Carry Over From 2010 $49,001.60 4.92% Borrowed From Investments 87.77% Borrowed From$874,480.00 87.77% Donations and Sponsorship Investments$996,356.60 Donations and Sponsorship SPCA OPERATIONS 2011 FINANCIAL FORECAST
Why the Nova Scotia SPCAABOUT THE NOVA SCOTIA SPCA• We are one of the largest non-profits in the province.• We have a provincial mandate and a provincial scope.• We are the province’s leading animal welfare organization.OUR CHALLENGES• Stable funding (multi-year).• Public awareness of the work and needs.• Capacity to address the needs.