The Estrie Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APS) is nearing its goal of raising $ 850,000 for the construction of its new shelter valued at $ 6 million and scheduled to open this summer.
The organization, holding its first fundraising dinner on Tuesday night, says it has attracted more guests than expected, allowing it to move closer to its goal.
“Initially, we had 130 tickets in circulation, but thanks to a last-minute blitz, we were able to sell 137,” Geneviève Cloutier said, a few hours before the start of the dinner.
Subject to the money raised during the dinner, Cloutier was hopeful that the goal could be announced: “A week ago we were $ 130,000 of our $ 850,000 goal. But if we take into account the $ 15,000 that we went for this week and the $ 15,000 that the dinner should generate, we can say that we are within $ 100,000. ”
Among the guests, the SPA of Estrie was able to count on the presence of Jean Lessard, canine educator and host of the show On s’aime en chien on ICI Explora. Mr. Lessard is the spokesperson for the campaign.
“When the director of the Estrie SPA asked me to become the spokesperson for the public fundraising campaign for their new shelter, I did not hesitate for a second: I said yes, well sure, he said in a video clip. I know this organization is an example of animal welfare. I know that I am joining a responsible organization that really aims to improve the lot of animals in need, “he added.
Remember that the Estrie SPA project is to build a shelter in a building located on Sauvé Street in Sherbrooke West. The project is valued at $ 6 million. In March 2017, the organization launched Operation Sweet Home, which aims to raise $ 850,000.
The current shelter, dubbed the former “paint shop” of the City of Sherbrooke, at 1139 Queen-Victoria Boulevard, became the property of the SPA of Estrie in 1982. After three extensions, it no longer meets the requirements for the activities of an animal welfare organization.
Construction is progressing well, says Cloutier, but no moving date has yet been set. The organization plans to take possession of the building in July or August. The move could be done gradually.