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Animal advocate bites back

Allegedly fired without cause in August 2013 after ten years on the job as manager of the Victoria SPCA, Penny Stone is back in the game after starting her own animal organization, the Victoria Humane Society, in Greater Victoria. 

“My passion is saving animals lives,” says Stone. “After my job ended with the SPCA I knew I had to continue doing this work, it was in my soul.”

The Victoria Humane Society, created by Stone and long-time associate Carol Broad, president of Victoria Adoptables Dog Rescue, is just two weeks old and currently without land and a shelter.

The society’s facebook page was launched on December 11 to secure donations and raise awareness, receiving over 1000 ‘likes’ on the first day.  A little over two weeks later, as word spreads, it has just shy of 3000 likes.

It has been given charitable status, therefore is able to issue tax receipts for any donations.

Stone says the society will have an emphasis on rescuing animals in remote communities,  “I don’t think people realize how bad it is in some places. They cull dogs. They have shooting days and they shoot dogs that aren’t in a house.”

She adds that reserve dogs make wonderful pets. “They are very social,” she says. 

Stone’s passion is evident, “I don't believe that we can't save them all. I believe we only have to start. If everyone did something - adopt, foster, volunteer, donate - we really could change thousands of animals lives. Nothing is impossible, you just have to believe,” she says.

Are there hard feelings with the BCSPCA? Stone says no, “I hope to work closely in a collaborate effort with the SPCA in the future. We all want the same thing, to save lives.”

Penny Stone and the Victoria Humane Society can be reached through their Facebook page.

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