The SPCA’s metro shelter is opening its doors next weekend to show the organization has nothing to hide but does have a lot of animals that need a home.
The SPCA has organized staff and volunteers to offer on-the-spot adoptions during an adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the shelter at 5 Scarfe Court in Burnside Park.
There are more than 230 cats housed at that shelter, a satellite location and various foster homes, shelter manager Diana Forrestall said. The agency is also caring for more than 40 dogs and even has six rabbits.
"We do have some absolutely wonderful dogs and cats here right now," Ms. Forrestall said. "We desperately need the public to come and adopt these animals, because they deserve it."
She said she feels adoptions have dropped off since controversy engulfed the provincial SPCA leadership after the seizure of more than 100 neglected dogs from a Cape Breton shelter.
The internal strife came to a head at an unruly general meeting in Halifax in April.
Ms. Forrestall said that seems to have left a bad impression with the public.
"We need the people to come here and really see what we do — that we’ve got nothing to hide," she said. "If people have any questions, please come ask."
There will be a veterinarian and dog trainers on hand for Saturday’s event.
The regular fees for adoption are $165 for dogs and $120 for cats. These fees include spaying or neutering, deworming and flea treatment, initial vaccines and a first vet appointment.