The province announced $100,000 in funding today, April 25, to the Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The funding will support the SPCA’s work implementing the new Animal Protection Act. The act, passed in November 2008, designates the SPCA as responsible for the enforcement of the companion animal portion of the act. “The SPCA plays a significant role in assuring companion animals in Nova Scotia are protected and treated with the care they deserve,” said Minister of Agriculture Mark Parent. “This funding will help the SPCA meet its obligations under the Animal Protection Act.” The new act shifts responsibility for farm animals from the SPCA to the Department of Agriculture. It will allow the SPCA to focus on the protection of non-farm animals. The act is scheduled to be proclaimed in the coming months. “We are very pleased to receive this funding from the department as it allows us to focus on improving our investigation capability by providing our staff and volunteers with operational funding and additional training,” said Jim Kochanoff, treasurer for the provincial SPCA. “As well, it allows us to adjust to our new administrative requirements and responsibilities under the act.” The provincial SPCA has been incorporated since 1877. Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.