MONCTON, N.B. – The Greater Moncton SPCA has received some good news.

The local animal shelter has been awarded a $5,000 prize for making it to the final stages of the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Executive director Karen Nelson says they’d been vying for the chance to win $87,000 in grand prize money to build additional outdoor dog kennels, but fell just short in the finals.

However, she says the judges were pleased with their application and photos.

Nelson says the money will go a long way in helping them out and she’s already looking forward to submitting an entry next year.