Prolific volunteer Jake Barber and Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe with dog Leia enjoyed an evening of trivia on April 17. This event was created to thank the OSPCA’s hardworking volunteers that make running the animal center possible. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Ontario SPCA’s Volunteer Appreciation Night

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on May 3, 2018

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre celebrated the year-long achievements of their volunteers.

By hosting a volunteer appreciation night on April 17, the staff at the animal centre could demonstrate how truly grateful they are for all the support they receive from the community.

As well as playing trivia, the volunteers enjoyed Pizza donated by Petawawa Pizzeria.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” said Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe. “They give their heart, their energy, their passion to the SPCA.”

Most of the 80 or so active volunteers are very dedicated to the organization.

Jake Barber, in particular, has spent more than 300 hours over the past year helping the animals thrive by walking dogs and taking part in a program that provides enrichment to cats in the form of socialization, play, exercise, visual stimulation and affection.

The SPCA recently moved locations from Petawawa to 115 Woodcrest Drive in Pembroke. The new centre is about 6,000-square-feet and can house about 30 cats, 20 dogs as well as up to five smaller animals in cages such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

The new building is not only better equipped to meet the needs of the staff as well as more animals, it is also more accessible for people coming in to volunteer or who are looking to adopt a new companion.

The facility is open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.