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Delta animal shelter to open satellite site

The Delta Community Animal Shelter will become more accessible starting later this month.

Next weekend (March 19 and 20) the shelter will host an open house at its new satellite adoption centre in Tsawwassen.

The Tilbury-based shelter is hoping to increase its visibility as well as the number of adoptions in the community.

"It's an opportunity for prospective pet parents to meet the cats, rabbits and dogs that are looking for permanent homes," shelter manager Sarah Lowe said in a media release.

The satellite adoption centre will be in the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall mid-March through October, in a space donated by mall owner Century Group.

It will feature information about the shelter's services, responsible pet ownership, bylaws, volunteering, dog license sales, behavior and wildlife management.

The open house, called the Meet Your Match Weekend, will run March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and March 20, noon to 5 p.m. Future open hours will be posted at the centre (1299 56 St.) once they have been scheduled.

"The goal for every adoption is to find a loving home for our animals," Lowe said.

In the meantime, the DCAS has also been looking for a new home since learning the South Fraser Perimeter Road, a four-lane highway currently under construction that will connect Deltaport with major highways, will run past their current site at 7450 80th Street.

"You can pretty much throw a rock at the trucks," said Lowe.

She said high traffic and the noise that accompanies is a major disturbance for the animals.

The Corporation of Delta has set aside funding for a new facility in this year's budget.

For more information about the DCAS visit deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca.

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