SPCA forced to lower expectations

The Manawatu SPCA has been forced to review its much-needed building upgrade after its fundraising efforts stalled.

Construction was expected to have started by now but the lack of cash has seen the SPCA reduce its target from $400,000 to $250,000, with the plan to be downsized accordingly.

"I think times are tough and people don't have as much money in their pockets as they once had, so not so much to give to charity," centre manager Danny Auger said.

Auger encouraged people to help the animal centre as the building needs to be upgraded to bring it up to code.

"The idea is not so we can take on more animals but give the ones we have better circumstances," Auger said.

He said the diligence of his staff meant that the animals were still coping in the existing building but the way animals had been housed 30 years ago was not acceptable now.

He plans to gradually do the modifications in three phases - "starting with an update to the kennel block, include a new kitchen and storage room, lowered ceiling for warmth, re-painted and re-lined," he said.

"We will also be building a new office situated where our courtyard is now, and our existing office space will be modified to make a large open communal cattery and separate kitten room."

All of these upgrades were planned to be done out of the $250,000 budget.

There was "still a way to go" to meet the target and Auger said he hoped the region's animal lovers would support his appeal.

Manawatu Standard