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FREDERICTON SPCA MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2014

2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Fredericton SPCA in the Fredericton community. Although this is an historic event, it is also a sad event that we still need to exist to help injured, abused, stray and abandoned animals.

In February 1914, a meeting was held in the Fredericton City Council Chambers to establish this organization. The meeting was overseen by the mayor of the day, Mr. W.S. Hooper.

This SPCA branch society built its first animal shelter on Montgomery Street in November of 1974. During that first year, the shelter received 600 animals. By 1977, the number of animals taken in was up to 900 and that figure skyrocketed to 1,655 in 1989. The numbers became overwhelming so we changed directions in how we took in animals. We worked with the community to help foster the animals and encouraged owners to locate homes for their pets and educated them on how to handle behaviour problems so that they can keep them. So in 2013 the Fredericton SPCA received 809 animals which was a drop, but we believe it was due to the efforts of the community to work with us.

Thanks to the preservation of newsletters dating back to the early 1970s, much of the recent history of this organization is recorded. The changes that we have gone through, the struggles we have overcome and the highlights of great things to come. It is a history of not only our shelter, but also of our community, our city.

"It is probably true to say that the most important piece of legislation for animal welfare societies in Canada is the Criminal Code. The Code is remarkable document. It covers almost every aspect of social life. Since values and priorities change, so must the Code change to ensure that it remains relevant. This is especially true of those parts of the Code which refer to the abuse of animals."

This quote was taken from the January 1989 newsletter of the Fredericton SPCA when it marked its 75th anniversary. Sadly, we are not much further ahead in our federal animal cruelty legislation now than we were 20 years ago, 40 years ago, 95 years ago. The law needs to change and it needs to change now.

The Fredericton SPCA is firmly committed to working with its sister shelters and humane organizations across the country to get the animal cruelty laws updated. We need to ensure another year does not slip away without these changes being made.

"Speaking Up For Animals" is our slogan at the Fredericton SPCA. It's what we do every day when we help abandoned and neglected animals. It's what our staff and volunteers do every day when they educate the public about animal cruelty and abuse. It's what we will do every day this year to get the legislation changed.

Thank you Fredericton.

 


 

The Vision of the Fredericton SPCA

Proactive education and community-outreach services dedicated to animal welfare. 

The Mandate of the Fredericton SPCA

The Fredericton SPCA positively impacts animal welfare by:

  • Advocating and promoting humane, responsible, animal guardianship; and

  • Providing temporary shelter, care and adoption opportunities for animals in need
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