Kamloops This Week
The name has changed, but the work with animals remains the same. The Kamloops branch of the SPCA has changed its name to Kamloops and District branch of the SPCA to reflect the fact many of the 1,000-plus homeless, abused and abandoned animals for which it cares come from Kamloops and the vast area surrounding the city.
“Our area of service stretches approximately from Kamloops to Barriere and Clearwater in the north, to Merritt, Lower Nicola and Spences Bridge in the south, to Chase in the east and to Clinton and Lillooet in the west,” said Lindsay Curry, chair of the Community Council for the branch. So, to call us the Kamloops SPCA is a bit of a misnomer. We cover a huge area and we thought that our name should reflect that.”
Branch manager Charleen Holloway agrees. “Our name is now explicit as to the fact that it’s not just the city of Kamloops that we service,” she said. “Hopefully, this will clear up any confusion that people may have had and the name now recognizes that the outlying areas are part of this branch.”
The name change takes effect immediately, although the branch will continue to use letterhead and business cards with the old name. “We’re a non-profit society with almost no government funding, so we can’t afford to waste our resources,” Holloway said. “If you get a card or correspondence from us in the next little while, it will be in the old name. Once we’re ready to order new supplies, we’ll make sure the name is updated.”
To volunteer or donate to the Kamloops and District Branch of the BCSPCA, call 250-376-7722 or go online to spca.bc.ca/kamloops.