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Fort Nelson residents give SPCA, rescued dogs a helping hand

More than $2,300 raised
Fort Nelson resident Craig Clark drops off donations to North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Candace Buchamer, March 30, 2021.

Fort Nelson residents came together this week, collecting goods and cash for the care of 119 dogs rescued earlier this month.

Residents raised $2,346 in cash, 29 bags of food, 28 bags of treats, five beds, and more than a dozen toys through their efforts. 

The fundraiser was organized by Lori and Craig Clark, and Craig made the drive down Tuesday afternoon to drop off the goods at the North Peace SPCA .  

“It’s great, and I’m proud of Fort Nelson,” he said. “It was a lot of help, from a lot of people.”

The dogs were surrendered March 12. The SPCA says the dogs were taken to various branch locations after their initial assessments, and are doing well with ongoing treatment and care.

An investigation into the matter continues, and North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer says the donations from Fort Nelson will go a long way in supporting the dogs.

“We’ve had amazing community support come forward, from Fort Nelson citizens, donating, offering to foster, offering to adopt,” said Buchamer. “Also locally, and across the province as well – there’s been a huge outpour of support.”

The SPCA also says it has received several inquiries from people who have lost their dog in the Fort Nelson area, and believe their pet may be among the those taken into their care.

Anyone with an inquiry is asked to email with their contact information, identifying information about their dog, when and where their dog was last seen, and photos of their dog’s face, body, and any other identifying features.

The dogs are not currently available for adoption, but those interested are encouraged to check the SPCA website for updates.

— with files from Tom Summer

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