BCSPCA Plans New Shelter
Lot plan for proposed new animal shelter – image courtesy City of Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – There are still several hurdles to overcome, but the BCSPCA has taken the first step towards construction of a new animal shelter for Prince George.
The site selected is at the corner of 18th Avenue and foothills Boulevard, but it required rezoning and a change to the Official Community Plan in order for the next steps to take place.
The current BCSPCA animal shelter on Lansdowne Road, a facility that is undersized and poorly located because it is out of the public eye. The new facility would have a bright main building, a dog exercise pen, paddock and barn. The plan calls for plenty of greenery to act as a buffer so animals at the shelter are not stressed by passing traffic.
“We promise the new shelter will be something the BCSPCA and the City of Prince George will be proud of” said Bob Bush of the BCSPCA.
Council didn’t “paws” to approve the rezoning, giving it unanimous approval, some praising the work of the BCSPCA.
But don’t expect any sod turning anytime soon.
The plan still has to be approved by the Crown, which owns the land, a process that could take about 3 months. Then there’s the conceptual design process. Bush says he expects the sod turning and construction of the new shelter would be about 2 years down the road.