Cape Breton Post reported that the animal control contract for Cape Breton Regional Municipality has been received after a tender call - a private company called "Cape Breton Dog Control Services" and the NS SPCA have put in bids and we can pretty much guess who "Cape Breton Dog Control Services" are - the turfed former management and directors that were tossed out by the provincial board of the NS SPCA a couple months ago.
We can also figure out how the animal contract will operate if they get the contract - it will for sure not be a no kill organization - they will not place the animals coming in with any kind of priority in their business plan - they will just be collatoral damage. Based on how they operated the shelter in the past - there is really no way that they'll be able to not kill 50-75% of the animals that come through their doors - they will have no where to put them, they will have no one to adopt them, they will have no way to keep them from getting sick and dying while they're in their facility - so they'll have to be killed.
In a privately run animal control facility - whether animals die or live doesn't matter to the bottom line - there are a lot of animal control facilities down in the States that don't adopt out animals at all - they kill 100% of the animals that come in. Here in Nova Scotia that is completely unnecessary - we already have a system in place that is working really, really well - and it's currently being run by the Nova Scotia SPCA in Cape Breton - and there's no one else who could do what they're doing. What the NS SPCA is doing that nobody else can do - is moving animals that come into the Cape Breton facility OUT of there and into other shelters across the province that have space for them.
It is something that should have happened many, many years ago - but only started happening since the current management structure that is in place at the provincial office and Sandra Flemming have been in control - and it has literally saved 100's and 100's - and it's probably up in the 1000's now - of animals lives. And no other organization can do that - because no one else has the shelter system across the province to move animals around like that.
The Cape Breton SPCA has always been the heaviest shelter in the province for intake - and therefore the highest amount of euthanasias - between 50-75% annually - which is completely unacceptable in a province as small as ours. The NS SPCA in it's current state has turned itself around to the point that it is now at a no kill status - and to have done that is remarkable. And they did that through hard work, belief in principles of good governance - and for a few people - balls the size of the Hulk.
The turnaround made at the Cape Breton shelter, and from what I've read - the relationship they've built with the community - has been amazing. If the municipality doesn't see that and chooses the other bid - it will be a holocaust for the dogs of Cape Breton. It will truly be a shame.
I know that I have always been against SPCA's taking on animal control contracts - but in this case - I don't think that there is any organization that could do what the NS SPCA is doing down there. I hope the Municipality makes the right choice.