SPCA opens door to public

NANAIMO – SPCA open house takes place May 25 at Labiuex Road shelter.

The Nanaimo and District Branch of the B.C. SPCA is opening its doors for an animal-themed day of fun May 25.

The open house takes place from 1-4 p.m. at the shelter, 2200 Labieux Rd.

Highlights include educational displays, an ask-a-vet booth and a vegetarian buffet or burgers available by donation.

In addition to a day of activities on the Saturday, the branch will promote the joy of pet guardianship over the May 24-26 weekend with half-price adoption fees on all cats, kittens and rabbits.

“We’re also asking members of the community to help animals in need by dropping off urgently needed items for the shelter,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the B.C. SPCA.

Wish list items include cans of wet cat and dog food, dog toys, cat wand or dancer toys, heavy-duty garbage bags, paper towels, letter-sized paper and eco-friendly cleaning products.

The open house event is an opportunity for people to meet the animals available for adoption and have fun learning more about how to help animals in the community.

The B.C. SPCA adopts more than 16,000 animals each year through its 36 branches.

All animals adopted are vet-checked, vaccinated and spayed or neutered, and assessed for temperament.

For more information about the open house, please go to www.spca.bc.ca.