June 10, 2015 - 4:25 PM
PENTICTON - The local SPCA is receiving a generous gift from a well known Penticton veterinarian.
The B.C. SPCA announced June 10 it will be acquiring the Penticton Veterinary Hospital from retiring Penticton veterinarian Dr. Steve Harvey.
The hospital will continue to retain existing staff and will offer the same full services to the public, including the boarding of animals. The B.C. SPCA intends to expand its spay and neuter services to help suppress the overwhelming cat overpopulation crisis in the South Okanagan region, SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell says in a release.
The acquisition has been under negotiation for the past year. Under the terms, the B.C. SPCA will take ownership of the hospital while Dr. Harvey retains ownership of the building at 15 Duncan Ave. East in Penticton.
“It is Dr. Harvey’s vision, and our own, that this hospital will continue to be a community asset that we can work closely with other communities such as Osoyoos, Keremeos and Midway to reduce the number of cats and kittens who die needlessly each year because of overpopulation,” Daniell says.
The B.C. SPCA will acquire the facility effective July 6. This is the fourth veterinary facility for the society, which already operates a hospital in Vancouver and spay-neuter clinics in Prince George and Kamloops.
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