The Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is now in a better position to serve their mandate with the opening of their new and more spacious animal welfare shelter.

“More strays and unwanted puppies will now be able to be sheltered with the relocation of the society to Zone 20 of the Providence Industrial zone,” said Jimmy Marie, the office manager at society.

Before the opening of their new shelter at Providence – located on the eastern coast of the main island of Mahe – on February 6, the society was operating under the same roof as the veterinary services at Union Vale – on the outskirts of the capital city Victoria.

Marie said that space was a major Issue. Manpower was another problem the society was facing.

“One of our main problems was manpower but the expansion is providing us with the possibility of employing more people so that we can deliver more to the public,” said Marie.

At the moment there are two permanent staffs and a veterinarian working at the shelter while recruitment takes place. Built with the help of donations from local businesses, the shelter consists of 27 kennels, three surgery rooms and an office space.