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Support needed for local animal shelter


Editor's Note: The Baccalieu Trail SPCA animal shelter project is now a semifinalist for an Aviva Community Fund grant. Voting will take place Dec. 1-10.

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The Baccalieu Trail SPCA hopes the generous support people in the region have shown others in the past will help the organization sercure a shelter for the area.

It has been an ongoing struggle for Laura-Lee Hiscock, the operator of the local chapter, both financially and in finding a location. But her luck may be starting to change.

The BT SPCA is in the running for an Aviva Community Fund grant. The competition pits ideas from different community groups and organizations against each other to garner votes in order to advance to subsequent rounds of competition.

Aviva Insurance allocated $1 million for the competition, with finalists earning a minimum of $5,000.

BT SPCA has made the third round, and is reaching out to the public to help them move on to the semi-finals.

In the final round, a group of judges will determine the prizewinners.

"Our group thought it was a great opportunity if we won to get a shelter up and operational," Hiscock told The Compass.

Need for shelter

There is no animal shelter in the Baccalieu Trail region, although the SPCA is always finding foster homes for animals. Many times Sonya Nolan Baker and Hiscock take animals in themselves.

The plan has been in place to open a shelter for several years, but some barriers have prevented that from happening.

In 2011, the Local Service District of Freshwater was against a shelter in its community, forcing Hiscock to abandon plans for that area.

There have been discussions with some municipalities and communities in the Conception Bay North region, and a home may be plausible in the near future.

Hiscock and Nolan Baker declined to give specifics, but they confirmed a decision could be made soon if the funding becomes available.

Hiscock explained some people from the area don't know the BT SPCA can help with abandoned animals, or those that need to find new homes. Some bring them to St. John's instead, she said.

Having this shelter will give Trinity Conception residents an option, besides travelling to St. John's to bring an animal. A local shelter may also help animals get adopted more quickly.

Hiscock reiterated that they will take animals in the region, even without a shelter, but sometimes it can be difficult to find temporary homes. A video made for the competition depicts many different animals waiting to be adopted and in foster homes.

Voting

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the group had over 700 votes, and was in the top 10. Hiscock and Nolan Baker have reached out through social media to educate those about the competition, and encourage the public to vote.

In the animal welfare category, the organization has called its idea, "Sheltering those that can't shelter themselves."

BT SPCA has the opportunity to win between $50,000 and $100,000.

To vote for the BT SPCA, visit http://bit.ly/1wXk4UO and click vote. Deadline to vote is Monday, Nov. 24.

Hiscock said the support would mean so much, because the shelter may have to remain on hold without the financial assistance.

"We really need this grant," she explained.

The funding will go directly to establishing the shelter. The organization will still be taking donations of any kind.

To contact the BT SPCA or make a donation, call 709-597-5090 or email btspca@hotmail.com.

Melissa.Jenkins@tc.tc

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The Baccalieu Trail SPCA hopes the generous support people in the region have shown others in the past will help the organization sercure a shelter for the area.

It has been an ongoing struggle for Laura-Lee Hiscock, the operator of the local chapter, both financially and in finding a location. But her luck may be starting to change.

The BT SPCA is in the running for an Aviva Community Fund grant. The competition pits ideas from different community groups and organizations against each other to garner votes in order to advance to subsequent rounds of competition.

Aviva Insurance allocated $1 million for the competition, with finalists earning a minimum of $5,000.

BT SPCA has made the third round, and is reaching out to the public to help them move on to the semi-finals.

In the final round, a group of judges will determine the prizewinners.

"Our group thought it was a great opportunity if we won to get a shelter up and operational," Hiscock told The Compass.

Need for shelter

There is no animal shelter in the Baccalieu Trail region, although the SPCA is always finding foster homes for animals. Many times Sonya Nolan Baker and Hiscock take animals in themselves.

The plan has been in place to open a shelter for several years, but some barriers have prevented that from happening.

In 2011, the Local Service District of Freshwater was against a shelter in its community, forcing Hiscock to abandon plans for that area.

There have been discussions with some municipalities and communities in the Conception Bay North region, and a home may be plausible in the near future.

Hiscock and Nolan Baker declined to give specifics, but they confirmed a decision could be made soon if the funding becomes available.

Hiscock explained some people from the area don't know the BT SPCA can help with abandoned animals, or those that need to find new homes. Some bring them to St. John's instead, she said.

Having this shelter will give Trinity Conception residents an option, besides travelling to St. John's to bring an animal. A local shelter may also help animals get adopted more quickly.

Hiscock reiterated that they will take animals in the region, even without a shelter, but sometimes it can be difficult to find temporary homes. A video made for the competition depicts many different animals waiting to be adopted and in foster homes.

Voting

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the group had over 700 votes, and was in the top 10. Hiscock and Nolan Baker have reached out through social media to educate those about the competition, and encourage the public to vote.

In the animal welfare category, the organization has called its idea, "Sheltering those that can't shelter themselves."

BT SPCA has the opportunity to win between $50,000 and $100,000.

To vote for the BT SPCA, visit http://bit.ly/1wXk4UO and click vote. Deadline to vote is Monday, Nov. 24.

Hiscock said the support would mean so much, because the shelter may have to remain on hold without the financial assistance.

"We really need this grant," she explained.

The funding will go directly to establishing the shelter. The organization will still be taking donations of any kind.

To contact the BT SPCA or make a donation, call 709-597-5090 or email btspca@hotmail.com.

Melissa.Jenkins@tc.tc

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