Celia Durst

Celia Durst

Little support for new animal shelter

District should look after homeless people before homeless animals: Nundal

Mission council is barking over plans to develop a long term care plan for abandoned cats and dogs in Mission with stakeholders.

The issue was triggered by the Fraser Valley Humane Society, which currently operates a cat shelter from the corner of N. Railway Avenue and James Street. The society has been in existence since 1999 and the facility is at capacity with 29 cats and kittens, a chinchilla and a guinea pig. Eleven animals are in foster care, and there is a list of Mission families requesting the shelter take their animals.

The rented building is also aging and inadequate, according to Celia Durst, FVHS executive director, who asked council to consider building a new cat shelter and adoption centre.

District staff also reviewed Mission’s animal control centre on Woodward Street in Silverdale and determined both groups could benefit from a new facility.

FVHS currently receives $25,000 fee for service grant from the district and the Mission Animal Control program costs $300,000. About $215,000 of revenue is made from the sale of dog licenses and general taxation makes up the difference.

“Given Mission’s expected growth, it would be prudent to begin looking at what future costs could be expected and begin to put the estimates into the budget process starting with the 2015 budget,” says Mike Younie, director of development services, in a report to council.

Coun. Larry Nundal simply stated Mission doesn’t have the funds for the endeavour, and suggested the district should address the issue of homeless people first. He also didn’t want to take funds away from other district projects.

“There’s no money from taxpayers for these purposes,” said Nundal.

Coun. Dave Hensman agreed approving a long-term plan would put the onus on the district.

“We have other things to deal with,” Nundal added. “It’s not our issue … We have RCMP asking for more five officers, the fire department asking for this and that. I want to deal with what we have first before taking on other projects.”

Coun. Nelson Tilbury was the only councillor in support of the proposal.

“The plan could be considered once it’s complete and it seems we can still reject it,” he stated.

Councillors Jenny Stevens and Jeff Jewell were absent from the last council meeting.

Just Posted

Linnea Labbee outside the Chilliwack Law Courts on April 1, 2021 on day 16 of her trial in BC Supreme Court. Labbee was convicted April 12 for the fatal hit-and-run of 78-year-old Fourghozaman Firoozian on Dec. 1, 2016. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sentencing hearing scheduled for 72-year-old Chilliwack woman found guilty in fatal hit-and-run

Crown will seek jail time for Linnea Labbee who struck and killed 78-year-old woman in 2016

Satwinder Bains of Abbotsford is the recipient of the 2021 aculty Service Excellence Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)
Satwinder Bains receives UFV Faculty Service Excellence Award

Bains has guided South Asian Studies Institute as director since 2006

water
City begins community engagement for Mission Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan

Wants the community’s input to bring to life the vision outlined in the Official Community Plan

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

A young couple walks through the Othello Tunnels just outside of Hope. (Jessica Peters/Black Press)
Hope’s Othello Tunnels fully open to the public

Geological testing proved the area safe enough to open for the first time in more than a year

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

A 50-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle Tuesday, June 15, crashing through a West Vancouver school fence that surrounds playing children. (West Vancouver Police)
Driver ticketed for speeding near B.C. school crashes into playground fence days later

‘It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was injured,’ says Const. Kevin Goodmurphy

Dr. Réka Gustafson, who is British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on April 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. public health officials prepare to manage COVID-19 differently in the future

Flu-like? Health officials anticipate shift from pandemic to communicable disease control strategies

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Camper the dog was found Wednesday night by someone walking their own dog along Hollywood Crescent. She had gone missing after a violent attack on June 11. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Camper the dog found safe after fleeing violent van attack in Victoria

Young dog was missing for almost a week after incident

Most Read