The Kent County SPCA will close on Tuesdays to save dwindling financial resources, after several weeks of discussion by the facility's board of directors.


    In an effort to save dwindling financial resources, the Kent County SPCA has cut its public hours by one day a week.

    The animal shelter will be closed Tuesdays, effective Jan. 27, said Community Outreach Director Mary Ann Damato.

    “This was not an easy decision to arrive at, but it was a decision that needed to be made,” Damato said.

    Shelter Director Murrey Goldwaith had been discussing cutting back shelter hours with the facility’s board of directors for several weeks, Damato said.

    “A lot of animal shelters are closed one day a week,” she said, adding this is the first time in its history the shelter has not been open to the public seven days a week.

    “It’s been a very tough economy,” Damato explained. “Expenses are going up for us like any place else, and donations have been going down.”

    All monies for shelter operations come from private sources and fundraising, as well as public donations and gifts such as animal food, bedding and other pet supplies. Animal control funding is provided from the state budget.

    The cutback will allow the shelter to keep a full staff on hand, and there will be people on hand to feed and take care of the animals when the facility is closed to the public on Tuesdays, she said.

    “Tuesdays have traditionally been one of our least impacted days for animals coming in or going out for adoptions,” Damato explained.

    It was decided not to close on Mondays, as that often is the shelter’s busiest day, and being open on weekends gives people more opportunities to come in and look for a new pet, she said.

    The SPCA still will offer surgeries, such as neutering and spaying, on Tuesdays, and animal control efforts will not be affected, Damato said.

    Hours for the Kent SPCA will be 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

    The shelter, located at 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, may be reached by calling 698-3006.

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