Today the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Fort McMurray SPCA announced that they have reached a landmark Animal Control Services agreement aptly titled “Working Together.”
The organizations have agreed to an initial two-year service term with an option to renegotiate after that period. Terms discussed include an increased number of Animal Control Officers, as well as audit and performance measures.
In May 2013, the Fort McMurray SPCA gave notice to terminate the Animal Control contract which they held for more than 15 years. During the 60-day notice period the two organizations continued discussions to determine the future of Animal Control services in the region.
“We’re very pleased that the RMWB and the Fort McMurray SPCA have been able to come to an agreement to continue to provide Animal Control services to the region,” said Bob Couture, Superintendent for the RCMP, which oversees Bylaw Services for the RMWB. “We look forward to continuing to work with the FMSPCA to provide safe and effective Animal Control services for our residents.”
While the formal agreement awaits final signature by both parties, the organizations are confident that Animal Control services will not experience interruption to quality of care for the animals come July 1, 2013, when the contract termination was scheduled to come into effect.
“The Fort McMurray SPCA will be undertaking a continuum of animal care services that sets the standard for other municipalities to follow,” said Tara Clarke executive director of the Fort McMurray SPCA. “Best practices for safety equipment, staffing levels to provide real time service, medical care for animals in distress, facility enhancements and programming have all been contemplated for the essential service needs for providing animal control in the largest geographical municipality in Canada.”