Abbotsford SPCA shelter featured on TV show

Save Our Shelter revitalizes animal rescue facilities

Rob North (left) and Rocky Kanaka of the TV show Save Our Shelter meet Bear during filming of the show at the Abbotsford SPCA shelter.

Rob North (left) and Rocky Kanaka of the TV show Save Our Shelter meet Bear during filming of the show at the Abbotsford SPCA shelter.

The Abbotsford SPCA shelter will be featured next week on a new television show called Save Our Shelter.

The program follows show creator and pet expert Rocky Kanaka, along with renovation specialist Rob North, as they hit the road to help breathe new life into animal shelters and rescue facilities across North America.

In each episode, the show’s hosts connect with volunteers, contractors and industry experts to revitalize rescues and shelters as they work to adopt out as many animals as possible.

Each episode educates audiences about pet-related topics and culminates in a big reveal and a special pet finding its forever home.

Kanaka visited the Abbotsford shelter to help renovate the outdoor space to make it more suitable for the animals it houses. The local SPCA rescues not only cats and dogs, but small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets.

Kanaka and his crew built a pavilion and new fences for the dog play yards, and Kanaka came up with a fun solution to help spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering while he trained a dog named Bear (photo below) in hopes of finding him a permanent home.

The Abbotsford branch, which is about 25 years old and is located at 34312 Industrial Way, was the most rural of all the shelters that were scouted for the TV show.

The Abbotsford episode airs May 4 and 8 on CMT (Country Music Television) and May 29 and 30 on ABC Spark.

Visit saveourshelter.com for more information.