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City approves Renfrew County SPCA shelter location

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

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Left to right: Kate Ryan, Stanley, Billy and Mike Landry prepare to take on the 2014 Friends for Life Walk Sunday at Riverside Park in Pembroke in support of the Renfrew County SPCA shelter.

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER Left to right: Kate Ryan, Stanley, Billy and Mike Landry prepare to take on the 2014 Friends for Life Walk Sunday at Riverside Park in Pembroke in support of the Renfrew County SPCA shelter.

Council made it official last week authorizing rezoning that will see the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Branch moving to the city.

Once the lease at their Paquette Road location in Petawawa comes to an end, the facility will be moving to 115 Woodcrest Drive, situated off Paul Martin Drive in Pembroke's east end. Council passed the rezong bylaw after a special meeting on Oct. 17.

With 50 locations across the province, the Ontario SPCA is one of the largest and most responsive animal welfare organizations in Canada. Last year, alone they found homes for 8,000 animals province-wide.

The lot area would be 6,000 square feet and would accommodate a maximum number of animals including 20 dogs, 30 cats and three to five small caged pets. This new location will better meet the needs of the centre's four-legged clients, said Tanya Martin, SPCA director of animal centres.

“This new central location will be more accessible to more people as we work to help homeless, abused and neglected animals across the region,” said Martin. “We appreciate council's support and the warm welcome we have received from the residents of Pembroke.”

There is no addition proposed for the building. The OSPCA is proposing one 12-foot by 12-foot metal garden shed used for storage will be added to the property. In her recommendation to council, planning and building department manager Colleen Sauriol said the intent of the city's official plan, Ministry of Environment guidelines and the Provincial Policy Statement.

She added the OSPCA has indicated they have protocols in place that ensure that all areas are cleaned and disinfected as required each day so there will be no odour from the building or the outside animal care. Further no animals will be left outside at night. They will be inside after 5 pm.

Staff and volunteers are on hand at all times will the dogs are outside to supervise so the noise will be minimal.

SChase@postmedia.com