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December 31, 2012

TOP 10: New day at the SPCA (No. 2)

A year after crisis and scandal, SPCA of Niagara has made remarkable turnaround


Niagara Gazette — A new surgical suite, new kennels for the dogs, an isolation ward for animals who arrive with infectious diseases and a new crematory for those animals who die from natural causes have been requested.

Also high on the list of needs, a full time veterinarian to provide care for the animals and to establish a low-cost spay and neuter program.

The organization had applied to local foundations for grants, but those in charge say without community support their mission will be in trouble.

“It’s taken a lot of work to get the community trust back,” Urban said. 

After a dip at the height of the trouble at the shelter, the number of volunteers has rebounded as well. Around 100 volunteers now take turns helping with the shelter’s day-to-day needs.

“I can’t say enough about the volunteers,” Bower said. “They are right in there with us.”

Perhaps one change that stands ut most from one year ago and today are the adoption rates from the shelter. On New Year’s Day 2012, dogs and cats had a better chance of dying on Lockport Road than finding a new home.

“The number of adoptions this year will smash all our (previous) records by a long way,” Bell said. “We can adopt our way out of shelter killing and we are doing that.”

The Gazette is counting down its top 10 stories of the year through New Year's Day. The list: n 10: Tumultuous year for Falls air base n 9: Airport takes hit with Direct Air shutdown n 8: Lewiston Road's rough ride to repair n 7: Culinary institute opens in downtown Niagara Falls n 6: Gruesome mysterious death stuns Falls n 5: Child murder shocks the community n 4: Change is afloat for the Maid of the Mist n 3: Falls struggles in absence of casino cash n 2: SPCA reborn after scandal n COMING TOMORROW: Walking a fine line with top story

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