The steadfast commitment of volunteers and the love of furry friends looking for furever homes keeps the heart of the Humboldt and District SPCA beating. There’s always room for more people to be involved, and locals are invited to become pet fosters, dog walkers, cat wranglers, or donors.

Janice Weber, president of the SPCA Humboldt says in many respects it was a good year. 

“We had a couple of dogs that were adopted by Wounded Warriors, and they are being trained for veterans. We had another dog go out to Alberta, and it is being trained for scent detection.” 

Fostering a pet for the holidays comes about this time every year. Weber says they still need a holiday home for both dogs and cats.

On the fundraising front, a pair of basket raffles have happened or are in the works, and the organization has gone into the online raffle space as well. The Humboldt Broncos are pitching in to help with a bottle drive in 2023. The date will be announced, and patrons can either leave bottles for pick-up or use SARCAN’s U-Drop service. More to come in the new year. 

Adoptions have been ongoing throughout the year, says Weber, but as is often the case during the holidays, new adoptions tend to slow. It’s certainly a good time to welcome a furry friend over the holidays - the process is simple. 

“You just stop down to the SPCA and fill out a foster form. I look it over and we set you up with the proper dog that suits you the best. We’ve got lots of cats that need foster homes.”

The needs continue into the new year, and that includes donations of goods like litter and food, but also cash to help meet vet bills and operational expenses. 

The search continues for a new home for the SPCA. Weber says fundraising continues and the organization has been scouting properties in the city, but so far nothing suits the bill. 

For the holiday season, Weber, on behalf of the SPCA, wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, with a special nod to the staff. 

“Our staff is amazing - we couldn’t do what we do without them.”